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[Xmca-l] Re: Analysis of Gender in early xmca discourse

Hello to everyone,

I am a woman who likes following the discussion on xmca, but has intervened
into xmca discussions only once, even if I enrolled five or six years ago.

I thank Mike Cole to have raised the issue of few female voices on this

This is a very complex issue. I would approach this topic by referring to
my own experience in this listserv. This is a typical feminist approach:
starting from our own experience and avoiding generalization.

I think that one of the reasons that keeps me out from contributing to the
interesting debates here in this listserv is time. When I read so many
posts from the same people, and some very long posts, I wonder whether
these people, all men, have family responsibilities, whether they have to
go shopping, cooking, cleaning, dealing with the increasing bureaucracy in
our lives. I am an Italian woman, and one could learn from Italian
statistics that we Italian women work for the well-being at home much
longer hours than our men.

I am also wondering whether the knowledge cumulated by these men can be
explained by this different social division of labour between men and

These elements, less time and less erudition, create an unbalance and some
difficulties in participation.

So this is my main explanation for my own rare appearance in this listserv.
But of course, this adds up to the other factors already mentioned in this

I conclude with noticing that my feminist approach, talking about myself,
seems quite the opposite to the dominant approach in this listserv, so
focused on theories and abstraction. Could this be another reason to keep
silent the women’s and other socially marginalized voices in this listserv,
for they/we feel this terrain as foreign?

I guess that if we want to hear more of these voices, we should accept a
higher mixture of practice and theory thinking, and also emotions and
tensions toward transformation and change, in our discussions.

And I also need to learn how to write short posts!

Maria-Cristina Migliore, Ph.D

Senior researcher


Torino (Italia)

2016-10-31 14:49 GMT+01:00 <lpscholar2@gmail.com>:

> I was looking through Louis Menand’s (The Metaphysical Club: A Story of
> Ideas in America) and this paragraph struck a cord in this moment of the
> election dynamics unfolding and the place of gender in earlier times.
> Abolitioism arose out of the *Second Great Awakening* the evangelical
> revival that swept through New England and then upstate New York between
> 1800 and 1840, and that also spawned temperance, women’s rights, and other
> social reform movements, along with a number of utopian and religious
> sects, most famously the Mormons.  The *foundations* of the abolitionalist
> movement were therefore spiritual and anti-institutional. Abolitionism was
> a party for people who did not believe in parties – a paradoxical law of
> attraction that turned out to be ideally suited to Unitarian,
> Transcendentalist, and generally post-Calvanist culture like New England, a
> culture increasingly obsessed with the moral authority of the individual
> conscience.  The American Anti-Slavery Society, the movement’s
> organizational arm, had relatively few members, membership in an
> organization being the sort of thing that tends to compromise the *inner
> vision*. BUT it had many followers.
> I was struck that between 1800 and 1840 in this locale (Boston  and
> upstate New York) how many social reform movents (post Calvanism)
> originated and unfolded to permeate American culture. Then to return to the
> current election with this historical*ity in awareness. Back and forth
> living presence, including women’s rights.
> Sent from my Windows 10 phone
> From: Annalisa Aguilar
> Sent: October 28, 2016 2:04 PM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Analysis of Gender in early xmca discourse
> I would like to post something historic that I don't think has ever been
> declared by the New York times prior to a US Election:
> http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/upshot/
> presidential-polls-forecast.html
> It feels highly relevant to this thread, because it may shine a light on
> what it feels like to see a story of a woman prevailing in very neutral
> language. You will note, there is nothing about her hair, nor her
> appearance, nor mention of her husband.
> And, to Huw's (probable) liking, there's a lot of statistics that show (I
> hope) the inevitable.
> Kind regards,
> Annalisa


Maria Cristina Migliore, Ph.D.

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IRES Istituto Ricerche Economico Sociali del Piemonte

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