I know, but I wish I did not know, therefore I do not know. But I already know, don't I? Can the inversion of my knowledge ever be completely accomplished?
What is the production of knowledge, where does it come from, and why do we cling to it? Can we invert it, have knowledge look at and acknowledge itself -- while we stand aside and watch it fade or remain truthful?
In the production of knowledge there is no guarantee that the knowledge produced, which we have assumed to be in line with our own possibly personal politics, is a form of truth. Instead, it is important that we remain, or become, critical of the sources of such knowledge, the way it has and by whom it has been produced. Then we can begin to relate knowledge to different streams of thought -- such as feminism, anarchism, queerism; For knowledge is truly a malleable thing that, once placed inside a certain framework, it's relevance can be critically engaged with and questioned, and perhaps even exposed.
It is from here that I do my work and it is from this position that I embark on this new journey that is Btch is the new Blg.
Let's get to know one another, shall we?
I'm Amy. Who am I, really? I've studied women's studies, gender and queer theory, politics and such -- but is that who I am? I'm a writer, really -- perhaps an activist of sorts. I have a perverse obsession with questions and poetry (perhaps something you will come to see as a common thread as we explore different issues and topics together). I've worked with lots of activist groups in Toronto, some of them had to do with Critical Addiction, others with Queer Liberation and Sexual Health.
What's so special about Btch is the new Blg? Perhaps something, perhaps nothing -- the decision is yours. What I strive to do with this pretty little blog is to engage in current events, popular culture, age-old theories and ideas and see how they interact with one another and ask them important questions. I aim to be deeply critical of capitalism and its discourse within other discourses: How does it interact with Feminism? What would Beyonce think? What would Zizek do? What should we do, if anything?
You've caught me at a bleak precipice; I've been fired from a job I thought I loved in an economy that values my body more than my twenty-thousand dollar degree. What is the true value of money then, or capitalist venture? Where is feminism -- has it lost itself in the tantalizing guise of "freedom?" How do we identify within these contexts -- and how then, if never possibly relieved of the context of capitalism, are you supposed to get to know me? To offer myself as an identity is to lend my self to the profitability of a system that relies on not only me checking a box, but also resisting it and creating a culture in a subculture -- to deny a knowledge of myself is to ultimately create or adhere to another form of knowledge production.
I hope we will be able to journey through some tough, controversial and perhaps even entertaining issues together. I hope to make you laugh and to make you think and maybe even, to sometimes piss you off.
Welcome to Btch is the new Blg.
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