I hate to admit it, but I agree with Freud. Not the crazy sexist stuff but the idea that to know the definition of one thing, we must know the definition of its antonym. Even reading Dystopias Now by Kim Robinson he wrote that “Dystopias are the flip side of Continue reading
Michel Foucault’s concept of panopticism has been a framework for understanding and establishing power and control in modern society. This idea of panopticism suggests that individuals are constantly surveilled (or believed to be), which in turn allows them to “simultaneously [play] both roles… [becoming] the principle of [his or her] Continue reading
This is a question I have been asking myself my whole life. I 100% think higher education is a scam and I’m going to explain why. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in graduate school but after four years of college, I can say that nothing I have learned is Continue reading
This idea of privacy in exhange for safety is something I have thought about for a long time. Specifically with COVID-19 contact tracing. The fact that my phone could tell me who I’ve been in contact with or know my exact location is scary. I do believe in letting go Continue reading
I didn’t realize there were so many forms of government…. wow. Initially, I was only looking through the “types of democracy” list but I think in a world where “fair” and “free” don’t really mean fair and free, I thought I would expand my knowledge and read about the other Continue reading
I want to start this post with a disclaimer. Utopias are never as perfect as they appear. Although this might be my idea of a “perfect” society, it does not mean it can’t get better, doesn’t have flaws, and won’t end in people suffering. In my Utopia, the people live Continue reading
When this text was introduced, I will admit, I was skeptical. I have heard a lot about Freud, his psychoanalytic theory, the Oedipus complex, and the ID, Ego and Super Ego. However, a lot of Freud’s theories are highly critized and not accepted.
After reading Civilization and its Discontents I agree with some of the points Freud made. Once you pull back the layers of sexism and psychoanalytic jargon, he kinda makes sense. If I inturpreted the text correctly, Freud believes we are unhappy because society confines us. Sexually, we have little freedom. We are confined to heterosexual realtionships that must show “solitary” and an “indissoluble bond”. We are discouraged from using pleasure for anything outside of love and incouraged to be sexually monogamous. I agree that society has placed humanity and human sexuality in a box which can lead to unhappiness.
Freud brings up another good point about society. We are constantly subjected to comparison with the people around us which then makes us aware of the things we do not have. I keep going back to the quote at the beginning of Iris Young’s Five faces of Oppression. You don’t know what you are missing until you know what you are missing. He states that this leads to agression and to get rid of it one would need to abolish private property.
I agree that getting rid of private property might help with human agression and unhappiness that comes from jealously. Where I disagree is his solution for love. He thinks that by abolishing “the family” and providing ourselves with sexual freedom this will make us happy. In his perfect utopia this might seem logical, but people will always have something to be unhappy about. Freud’s “fix” for happiness is definitely wishful. It would not stop jealousy and aggression completely. Freud has some valid ideas in this text but he is ultimately too focused on the male perspective, sex, and agression when there are so many other factors that contribute to human unhappiness.
The question is: How many faces of oppression exist in America today? Exploitation. Transferring the results of labor of one social group to benefit another. The way I see it, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. In the case of the working class, skilled, high-paying, unionizing jobs Continue reading
My working definition of “Dystopia” is a satirical world or society that challenges us to reflect on the weaknesses of our present society. I chose this definition after reading books and watching movies like “The Giver”, “The Hunger Games”, and “The Maze Runner”. According to Merriam-Webster.com, a dystopia is an Continue reading