On Love, Empathy, and Pleasure in the Age of Neoliberalism

Silvia Austerlic
Posted February 21, 2016 from United States

Hi all,

Another interesting article about a topic that we women have to/need to take leadership. Love, empathy, pleasure are in our bones and souls; and unless we commit to embody and express them, external conditions might not necessarily support their cultivation/expression. I think that these are part of the "new language" that is needed to heal ourselves, connect with one another, and rebuild community... one connection at a time!

>Audre Lorde aptly deemed this the “fear of feeling” in her now classic essay, “Uses of the erotic: the erotic as power" ...What would it mean to consider the radical potential of affect—of love, empathy, and pleasure—in a time when hostility, disconnection, and apathy are often employed? What are the uses of love, empathy, and pleasure in these times: temporal moments when intimate connection between friend and stranger is seemingly obstructed by a type of capitalist individualism that refuses community? What are the uses of love, empathy, and pleasure in the lives and work of those who seek to advance human rights and social justice in age when even “rights” and “justice” are co-opted and commodified terms/ideas in the neoliberalist enterprise of social justice and human rights organizing?

In community,


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Soumya Vilekar
Feb 25, 2016
Feb 25, 2016

Dear Silvia,

You spoke in a different voice and a beuatiful one. Indeed, leadership means to be able to embrace everything with grace and equality, to break free from inhibitions and let empathy and love flow .That would be a greater and a better level of showing leadership.

It was really interesting to know about your ideas. Keep sharing your thoughts and let the community spread love .

Best wishes