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Affirmation, Care Ethics, and LGBT Identity by Tim R. Johnston

By Tim R. Johnston

In this e-book, Johnston argues that confirmation isn't just encouragement or aid, but additionally the first mechanism we use to shape our identities and create secure areas. utilizing the paintings of feminist care ethics and the taking into consideration French thinker Henri Bergson to ascertain responses to varsity bullying and abuses confronted by means of LGBT older adults, he offers the theoretical research and functional instruments LGBT humans and their allies have the desire to make all areas, private and non-private, areas within which we will be able to stay brazenly as individuals of the LGBT community.

With its mixture of philosophical concept and on-the-ground activist adventure, this article will be valuable to an individual drawn to philosophy, women’s and gender reviews, psychology, getting older, geriatrics, and LGBT activism.

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Had I not been in the room, the cat’s push would still result in the cup falling to the floor. Gravity’s effect on the cup is automatic, repeatable, and calculable. The body is a special image known to us as the source of our perceptions and also known from within by affections. The living body is also unique because it is the source of new and unpredictable movements— movements that cannot be anticipated by the laws of nature that control inert objects. I may know that my cup falling to the floor will result in it breaking, but I cannot know for certain whether my cat will give my cup the initial push.

When another person really knows me they will often be able to see when something is wrong even before I can articulate a need, and will also have the best sense of how to react. Ruddick calls this intuitive sensibility EMBODIED MEMORY AND FLUID MOBILITY 35 attentive love, and in the previous chapter I argued that it is essential to caring for another human being. Having focused on the role of affirmation in interpersonal relationships, I now want to turn to how the same process is at work in our relationships with inanimate objects and environments.

Like Ruddick’s discussion of watching the child grow into her own person, we must also be attentive to the changes going on around us and to the impact those changes have on our own ability to hold other people. Failing to hold someone is different than letting go of an outdated narrative. Failing to hold someone means failing to hold them to an appropriate identity. If I am at a party and treat my boss as though she is my subordinate, I have failed to hold her in the proper identity of my mentor, disrespecting both her personality and our relationship.

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