By Tim R. Johnston
In this e-book, 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 deliberating French thinker Henri Bergson to ascertain responses to college bullying and abuses confronted through LGBT older adults, he offers the theoretical research and useful 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 blend of philosophical concept and on-the-ground activist adventure, this article will be worthy to a person attracted to philosophy, women’s and gender experiences, psychology, getting older, geriatrics, and LGBT activism.
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What responsibility do we have to coworkers, acquaintances, or strangers? Is attentive love the same across the life span, or does the act of caring and tending to affirmative feedback loops change as we age? Hilde Lindemann’s discussion of holding and letting go can help answer these questions. In Holding and Letting Go: The Social Practice of Personal Identities, Lindemann articulates a view of personhood that is both embodied and intersubjective. She argues that “personhood consists of four elements: (1) a human being has sufficient mental activity to constitute a personality, (2) aspects of this personality are expressed bodily, (3) other persons recognize it as the expression of a personality, and (4) they respond to what they see” (ix).
Affirmation as a component of interpersonal ethical care may or may not be experienced bodily, but it is our bodily comfort or discomfort that senses the affirmations at work in a physical space. How is it that a space can be affirming? How can objects or environments provide us with affirmative feedback loops? Why do we experience these affirmations at a somatic level? Lindemann signals that it is important to think of holding as something that is not strictly interpersonal. She ends her book by noting, “I’ve said too little about the things aside from people that hold us in our identities.
JOHNSTON immediately because it meant something to him. A non-LGBT-identified person might not have noticed it, but because this person has many memories of rainbow flags, those memories overlaid his perception and brought that tiny flag to his attention with great clarity. When he looked at the rainbow flag he was also looking at his memories of other such signals of LGBT inclusion. This might explain why the flag “jumped out” at him so clearly, but how did it have a visceral impact on his physical feeling in the office?
Affirmation, Care Ethics, and LGBT Identity by Tim R. Johnston