I guess it’s about time that I wrote an “about” section of this blog! One year and more later–and 2900 hits I’m happy to report. I’m a radical feminist/lesbian theorist, independent scholar to date, former academic–although I still teach– who believes in the importance of theory for clarifying the big-picture of the situation facing us as activists and potential organizers of a revived women’s liberation movement. You will notice that this blog is less “blog”-like in that I mostly publish short essays- well til now only publish short essays. That’s my “training” as a theorist; can’t seem to break it. But I also hope to include creative “nonfiction” type of material–stay tuned.
As for the blog’s title: I’m playing on Mary Daly’s sense of “spinning” as sustained creative paranoia—i..e pattern detection between seemingly disparate phenomena in what Nancy Meyer calls “neo-patriarchy” (neo-liberal capitalist patriarchy)–with a special interest/focus on coopted feminism–What i call “one dimensional feminism.”
“Dialectical” really refers to the same spinning process of showing historical, structural, material relations between seemingly different phenomena. At least that’s my aspiration. “Dialectics” emphasizes that between two seemingly opposite phenomena there is a shared material basis–so for example, I see the liberal-lefty ideology floating neoliberal Obama to the presidency as dialectically related to right-wing politics since both are rooted in the same historical process of masculinist, corporate power as embedded in a (neo)liberal state (neoliberal as opposed to explicitly authoritarian say, or facist). In my view, aspects of the liberal-left, and all the right are also dialectically related in terms of the ascendancy of patriarchy in neo-liberal clothing. Well that’s enough for now, I welcome questions and comments about this and anything else.