Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

La verdad de las mujeres

Luisa Muraro


It is a series of lectures on feminism because of some women students who wanted to know about the history of «Diótima» (a women’s community for philosophical research) and to understand the historical context that gave birth to books like Traer al mundo el mundo [Bringing the World to the World}, by Diótima, my El orden simbólico de la madre {The Symbolic Order of the Mother], or Educar en la diferencia [Educating in Difference], compiled by Anna María Piussi. When she found out about my project to «teach feminism» to the students of my subject, Milagros Rivera, of «Duoda», asked me to rewrite my classes for the on line Master in the Studies of Sexual Difference; I was delighted to accept. But there was and is a problem: is it really possible «to teach feminism»? Perhaps it is possible, but, is this really what the students who want to know about the origin of certain changes and the birth of certain ideas want of me? Since if I set to «teaching feminism», I won’t do more than add another book to those that there already are, whilst what the students asked me was to show them what there was before certain books, in my life and in other women’s lives, the socalled feminists. They had realised that some ideas and some books come from a women’s history, and they wanted to know about it. Apart from the fact that I am not a historian, the real problem is that this history has not finished; rather, it has almost only just begun. And they, the students, male and female, are inside it, very much so, but in a way that I cannot know and, far less, decide on: only they (only you) can. Feminism cannot be turned into a material for study or an objective of academic research. It would lose its live meaning, its dynamism and its capacity to transform itself into an inheritance at the disposal of young people. It would turn, rather, into something fixed, something that is bothersome. This problem is not resolved by resorting to the plural and saying «the feminisms»: the fixedness and the bother continue to be there. I have resolved it (in part) by presenting feminism as a field of research and of battle. I have invited the students (you) to enter the field of research and battle, if you feel the issues and the problems in question to be yours. I have not traced out a
panorama but rather I have posed some of the big questions. One goes back to the forms and languages of the sciences: the traditional scientific practices transform the world into an object of knowledge; the practices of feminism prefer, on the other hand, the knowledge that
comes from the relationship of exchange. Another subject is love, not reduced to a feeling but rather as a relationship that gives us a special understanding of ourselves, of others, of the all the real. Another question has to do with the meaning that the fact of whether we are women/men has (or does not have).

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