Think Olio: The Search for Self and The Politics of Love

Wednesday, October 17 —
7:30 PM

Blender Workspace
135 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

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Woman as Other, Woman as Lover: The Search for Self and The Politics of Love

Often cited as the seminal text of modern feminist theory, Simone de Beauvoir’s  1949 publication, The Second Sex still deeply resonates with readers who seek to understand the pervasive oppression of women. The magnum opus of her long and prolific career as a writer and existential philosopher, The Second Sex offers both a sweeping history of women’s subjugation and a compelling theoretical statement on the nature of being a woman. Women, de Beauvoir argues, are Other. “Humanity,” she writes, “is male and man defines woman not as herself but as relative to him…He is the Subject, the Absolute—she is the Other.”

We will examine how the experience of being other shapes women’s relationship to the world around them, and perhaps more importantly, to themselves. For, if de Beauvoir is correct, women are not simply “othered,” objectified, and subjugated by society, women actually come to experience themselves as other—indeed, as non-selves. We will look closely at this compelling claim with a particular focus on romantic heterosexual love.

Indeed, one reason for women’s continued subjugation, de Beauvoir contends, is that unlike other oppressed groups, women love their oppressors. “The bond that unites her to her oppressor,” she writes, “is not comparable to any other.” Thus, even the most freedom-hungry woman will attempt liberation by falling in love, finding her “avid will to exist” transformed into a seductive, and often crushing, “dream of annihilation.”

Teacher: Jamie Warren

Jamie Warren has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University, and she is an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY where she teaches American history, the history of women and gender, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on slavery in antebellum South with a particular focus on death, the body, and the philosophy of history.

 

Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It’s about enhancing our awareness of humanity and nurturing our appreciation for the humanities. Think Olio exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.

Founded by CUNY students Chris Zumtobel and David Kurfirst in March 2015, with a class in their living room, they have now held over 200 Olios at more than 30 locations. After they realized the disparity between what great teachers offer and how little they are paid, Chris and David created an environment where professors were appreciated and compensated for the work that they do and  class prices remained accessible.

All Olios are open and accessible to all curious people, regardless of educational background.

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The Blender experience is
better in-person.

We typically respond the same day your inquiry is received.

Can’t Wait? Call us. 212-994-0230