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

By Tim R. Johnston

In this ebook, Johnston argues that confirmation isn't just encouragement or help, but in addition the first mechanism we use to shape our identities and create secure areas. utilizing the paintings of feminist care ethics and the considering French thinker Henri Bergson to envision responses to varsity bullying and abuses confronted by way of LGBT older adults, he offers the theoretical research and sensible instruments LGBT humans and their allies want to make all areas, private and non-private, areas within which we will be able to stay overtly as participants of the LGBT community.

With its mixture of philosophical conception and on-the-ground activist event, this article will be worthy to an individual attracted to philosophy, women’s and gender experiences, psychology, getting older, geriatrics, and LGBT activism.

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I believe that her focus on mothering is motivated by the feminist intention to make the work of mothers, who are often women, a matter of philosophical concern. Her account, and certainly my analysis of it here, can apply to any relationship in which a younger or more vulnerable human being is cared for in an intimate and attentive way by an older or less vulnerable human being. R. JOHNSTON of a gender-neutral parent or care provider) because I wish to continue Ruddick’s project of making philosophers contend with the gendered nature of care and the gendering of care ethics.

It is important to be aware of the ways in which we may or may not be holding someone to their authentic or real self. We ought to be concerned that we are holding someone to authentic and true narratives, while also remaining vigilant that a damaging storyline does not usurp or make invisible other important information about that person which may go unnoticed. There is no rule to determine if we are holding someone to their real self, instead we must think in the way outlined by Ruddick. Taken together, Ruddick and Lindemann allow us to provide a compelling account of the importance of affirmation between people and across the life span.

The opposite is also true. If we have a series of negative memories associated with a given space or activity, our bodily attitude will be such that these negative memories come to color our perception and our movement. The environment becomes familiar, but familiar in a hostile way, for example a gender-nonconforming individual continually confronted with sex-segregated bathrooms. Gender-nonconforming people often experience bathrooms as places of heightened scrutiny and vulnerability. The memories that present themselves for actualization are negative, associated with discomfort and fear.

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