Our Ownership of Space and Spaces

In Chapter 5 of Interdisciplinarity, Moran discusses how space is not a “neutral category but something that is culturally produced” (149).  Here, Moran seems to assert that space and spaces are not readily existing unless we make them exist through culture.  Given, what we know presently as countries are indeed the spaces in which certain, specific cultures function.  But if territories and spaces are divided due to cultural differences, then why keep these divisions at all if culture is ever-changing?  Permanence of a territory can never be promised.  This must be the reason that country borders are so plastic; they reflect the cultures held “within” them.  Additionally, what does space – or what other species understand as what us humans call space – mean to other species?  There is no telling whether culture defines their spaces, or if they define spaces at all.  Unfortunately, us humans have assumed ownership of our surroundings regardless of the viewpoints of other species. Continue reading “Our Ownership of Space and Spaces”

The Importance and Rationality of Impatience In the Case of Feminism

As many of us may know, feminism has been the subject of debate and scrutiny for as long as we can remember in our immediate lives.  From job inequality to societal values, women have never really seemed to get what they want or even what they deserve.  Part of this, it seems, is the misconception that the force that feminists bring to their requests and demands is a statement of vengeance or a superiority complex.  In Interdisciplinarity, Moran says that feminism “has been founded on an impatience with the power arrangements…and the way that the experience of women is devalued or excluded” (Moran 92).   Continue reading “The Importance and Rationality of Impatience In the Case of Feminism”