Identity

The way I viewed group identity and political identity as a whole is not too different from how the chapter has it, and for that I am glad.  Without some sort of group identity, it is hard to accomplish big political movements.  And even though a movement can be viewed as being strictly urban politics at first, it is possible for others of similar identity to get wind of the movement and try and form their own movement, slowly making it a national deal, or even just putting the movement at a larger scale than it first was.  Identities can be formed in many different ways from beliefs, standpoints, status, and many more contributing factors than just those.

A connection to real life events I see is that with the Olympics in Russia where many people were bringing up issues on the country’s gay rights movement and standpoint.  Many countries have protested it and some even did so with their display at the Olympics with Germans wearing a rainbow jacket and Greeks wearing rainbow gloves.  They share an identity with the gay rights movement and with them having equality, so when they caught wind of what was happening, they joined in using voiceless politics to show their support.  I did not see a huge display past that, but it was the fact they chose to wear articles of clothing like that to show their support is what helped, even if they did not make a big deal about it.

One thing I did not get that the chapter also pointed out is feminism.  Feminism has always seemed to me as being contradictory with how many people go about supporting it.  They want equality in the workplace and in daily lives, yet they want to be treated completely different from men.  You can support one view or the other, but both simultaneously does not work.  Women cannot be unique and be the same as men at the same time.  Women should have all the same rights men do and should have say over themselves rather than men telling them what they can and cannot do with their bodies.  Men should not be allowed to govern over women as they do as far as their body goes.  Women should have that choice.  But, if equality were achieved, women should not be allowed special privileges for being a woman.  They would need to work as hard as everyone else no matter what.  And, what happens to the pregnant mother?  She has needs that sometimes do need some special treatment, and with equality, cannot necessarily be achieved.  Feminism, I believe, has some great concepts behind it.  But, there are some concepts behind it that just make it not make any sense what so ever, or even contradict other concepts.  When there are many flaws or if the identity’s focus is too spread out and unclear, it is hard to make progress.  An identity needs a shared, collective goal to be able to make progress.  Without that, progress is near impossible.

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