I Don’t See Well
Contributed by Orianna Calderón, 2016
Keywords: Sight, Text, Embodied discomfort
I wrote this short text in 2016 as part of the workshop conducted by Suzanne Clisby, ‘Researching Lives through Gender Analysis,’ at Hull GRACE Spring School. I connect it with the idea of ‘embodied discomfort’ because I organized it around the fact that I can’t see well without glasses.
Many times in my life I have felt uncomfortable in connection with seeing, not so much because of my lack of perfect sight, but due to the violence of the gaze. In my text, I combine this ‘not being able to see well’ with personal experiences traversed by gender mandates and reflections on feminist theory and the gaze.