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The juridical subject of consent rules out the humility of unknowingness without which we cannot really understand sexuality.
Burnside alludes, but does not conclude; on the contrary, he insists on maintaining the mystery, our fundamental unknowingness in regard to the precise nature of the alterations we each undergo.
Eva's unknowingness is instead a form of arrested development, leaving her peculiarly child-like; it is obvious from the beginning of the novel that Eva is far more comfortable relating to children, who can appreciate her as some fantastic being, than she is in her interactions with adults.
Butler says: "[W]e must recognize that ethics requires us to risk ourselves precisely at moments of unknowingness, when what forms us diverges from what lies before us, when our willingness to become undone in relation to others constitutes our chance of becoming human.
You never know exactly where the momentum will propel you; and this unknowingness reinforces the sensation of being "taken over" by an outside force--a fundamental part of possessional dance.
To step into anti-racism is "to risk ourselves precisely at moments of unknowingness, when what forms us diverges from what lies before us, when our willingness to become undone in relations to others constitutes our chance of becoming human" (Butler 136).
As Judith Butler notes, the act of assuming responsibility for a future is not to know its direction fully in advance, because thinking about a future where others are involved requires a certain openness and unknowingness, a certain openness to social contestations that must be at play for politics to be democratic.
Foreman's entire dramaturgy of props, including the geometry of his strings, tricks of perspective, solemn pronunciamentos, shocking noises, verbal conundrums, disorienting tempi, his neatness, and so on, are all intended as an assault on the finitude of unknowingness, or human inability to break through that wall to a raw feel of truth, reality, what is.
Among these tools is a great unknowingness about where such a fundamental critique of patriarchy will take us, but it's definitely not to the safe liberal future of equal opportunity for men and women or to a radical matriarchal utopia.
Levinas, with his privileging of the caress over the grasp, unknowingness over cognitive mastery, makes every such juxtaposition involving his own theoretical activity at best problematic, at worst, a usurpation.
It opens up the terrifying space of unknowingness, but it does so in order to offer the viewer the possibility of vision.