“After all, the best way to turn someone or something into an object is to kill it…But there are degrees of objectification. The process of mortification begins with how the other is seen, and supposedly known.”
I love this quote. It comes from a book called Exhausting Modernity: Grounds for a New Economy by Teresa Brennan. This isn’t a feminist text; it has a pretty male-centric Marxist and Freudian psychoanalytic approach. I mean, the author does have some good ideas, but there’s a lot of frustrating thought-stopping she imposes on herself by not considering the full implications of what she’s saying.
Anyway, this quote really is fantastic, and just because the author doesn’t want to consider its feminist implications, it doesn’t mean that we can’t.