Interesting quote from David French, director of “How to Survive a Plague”, commenting on why today’s LGBT generation might be less radical about their political fight: “Hasn’t all identity politics hit a wall? Feminism as identity politics is nothing like it was in the ’70s and ’80s, the way we talk about race is all kind of blurred now. I don’t know how to describe the period we’re in, but it’s post-identity politics.”
Post-identity politics. As a woman, I would agree with this statement, especially the part referring to feminism. My question is, would this be a positive development–a sign that there is less discrimination for these various groups to worry about? Or does it simply mean that people are not speaking out as much about the problems which are still in existence? After all, these days when you draw attention to racist innuendo against the President you’re playing the “race card”. If you argue too loudly for women’s rights, you are an angry feminist requesting special birth control perks from the government.
I think it’s obvious that the undercurrent of bigotry is still there. Witness the 2012 election, with its food stamps race-baiting and the male politicians fixating on women’s health, the angry red staters arming themselves to the teeth because that African guy got re-elected. Perhaps the real issue is that the way talk about all this is, as French said, “blurred”. Maybe we shouldn’t be afraid of playing our cards and stating our identities, and shouldn’t be in such a hurry to be post-everything.