WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE SOCIETY WE RESIDE IN TO DICTATE WHAT OUR BODIES ARE. WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE SOCIETY WE RESIDE IN TO DICTATE THAT OUR BODIES ARE.
To become comfortable in an unintelligibility is to allow one’s self to no longer be dictated by anything, but the inner impulses of themselves. The end goal of life should not be an absolute understandable form that moves easily through a life that accepts the form because of its simplicity.
A body is more than a mannequin for gender.
A body can be maimed.
A body can be manipulated.
A body excretes.
A body consumes
A body sleeps.
A body can break.
A body can collapse.
A body has limits.
A body experiences pleasure.
A body recoils from pain.
A body has a full range of emotions.
A body can die.
We must accept the body in all of its fleshy facticity and abject reality.
An unintelligible body does not allow itself to be seen as anything other than the limited form it is. It is only when we ignore the realities of our body that gender can violate it. A body that takes gender as one of its facets denies material realities of itself. A man may not display a full range of emotions, so that he becomes psychologically backed up. A woman must wear clothing and adornment that restricts movement, causes pain, and makes her an object of male desire so as to appease male eyes and find a mate to impregnate her. A man must constantly be on the lookout for woman who he can use to continue the human race. A woman must be silent, she must always be willing to listen as opposed to speak, so as to know what she must do. A man must be violent; he must be willing to defend his possessions at all costs, so as to allow for the best life for his own. A woman must be distrustful of other women so as to show themselves as better than them to attract the best man. These are all fallacies which are emblematic of the imposed violence of gendered realities. However a body acts is not dictated by secondary sex characteristics or genitalia, or what kind of chromosomes supposedly dictated their sex. A body is the totality of lived experience, and must not be restrained by ideologies that dictate sexual differences as binary and completely in control.
It is for these reasons we must become unintelligible. This is not to say the body cannot exist as it wishes. Bodies while following rules of a fleshy facticity, are always in tandem with complex minds which complicate its realities. Pain may be a kind of pleasure. Bodily adornment and manipulation can be something sought after so as to satisfy a perceived incongruity with the body and mind. A body’s limits can be pushed, and sexual reproduction may be shunned, as well as sexual attraction altogether. Unintelligibility is instead a form of abstraction and multiplicity. It is freeform and fluid, a way of being which does not allow even the day before to dictate how one feels today. It understands confusion, incompleteness, and incongruity as natural parts of the human experience. It tells us to be ok with not knowing and imperfection and that we should not seek out binaries where there are none. The world is a complex place that a binary system cannot begin to explain. So I say we move towards the unintelligible, embrace the unordinary, and live in the unknown.