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November 17, 2004

Thank you Sarah

Yesterday I was talking with Sarah, one of my delicious neighbours, and we started – casually – a little discussion about… well… about society, let's say that (actually the discussion started after watching Rambo. First Blood. For a good review, see link).
She said that society is a construction – and I completely agree(d).
Then she went on saying that, because of it, it doesn't exist.
I startled. It doesn't? Well, I can say that the Humanities building is a construction – and yet it exists: have you ever tried to hit it with a fist? It hurts.
Now I want to reflect a little on that discussion.
We know that "male" and "female" are constructions (if you are an essentialist, sorry, you won't like this), and that the same male/female distinction is a construction. But this doesn't mean that they don't exist (if you have problem with this, ask to some feminist activist – they're trying to destroy this distinction).
To be a "construction" simply means that things can be changed (but this means that they exist), that they are "not natural" of "fixed for ever and after".
The real point is: Are we willingly to change them? And: How can we actually change 'em? What can we possibly do?

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