The world becomes intelligible for us through patterns, composed of existing objects and orientations. However, as a queer feminist I am not interested in justifying the existence of these patterns, but in questioning them, in which way can they serve me to create different, more, and better objects of desire.
These objects (people, emtions, the state, nature, food, possetions, etc.) make the world not only intelligible for us but also construct a space that again provides potentialities for certain actions.
There is public space and private space, political and personal space, but where is the dividing line? When is something political and when not, when is an action private and when does it take public character? What happens to space if it is not claimed? Is my body a space? Is it private? Personal? Public? Political?
These questions cannot be answered with a clear yes or no, because there is a hierarchy of importance, a clear division of objects and patterns that belongs to either one, and hence some are considered by the predominant opinion more important than others. The construction of intimacy is for example a tool to keep things in place. It helps to silence certain voices/issues, bodies, people and desires, sometimes even abuses, that some patterns do not even become an issue. Therefore we consider it extremly political to play with the idea of intimacy, to question and interrogate spaces and objects of our desire in relation to the intimate. In our workshops we use masturbation as a tool to reclaim our body through pleasure, but in a collective way in order to explore the tensions between individual/collective, public/private, personal/political. Our bodies and pleasures are political, even if we gather in non-public spaces, or do not take a megaphone to scream it into everybody’s faces. We want to construct together the space and politics we want to live, rather than preserving the space other groups, who claim to be “Political”, allocate for everything that does not fit their agenda to the personal, private because it is a non-issue. To quote a stanger “there are more important things than feminism this country needs”, we cannot think of anything that would be more vital than to question how power is constructed and maintained, in order to cause a change. How should change happen without alternative reclamation of space, and the cultivation of joy and pleasure, of self care, individual and collective awareness, things I cannot think without feminism?