Being Lovingly, Knowingly Ignorant: White Feminism and Women of Color
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
2006 by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Feminist Epistemologies of Ignorance
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 56–74, August 2006
How to Cite
ORTEGA, M. (2006), Being Lovingly, Knowingly Ignorant: White Feminism and Women of Color. Hypatia, 21: 56–74. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2006.tb01113.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2009
The aim of this essay is to analyze the notion of “loving, knowing ignorance,” a type of “arrogant perception” that produces ignorance about women of color and their work at the same time that it proclaims to have both knowledge about and loving perception toward them. The first part discusses Marilyn Frye's accounts of “arrogant” as well as of “loving” perception and presents an explanation of “loving, knowing ignorance.” The second part discusses the work of Audre Lorde, Elizabeth Spelman, and María Lugones in their attempts to deal with the issue of arrogant perception within feminism, and examines how Lugones's notion of “‘world’-traveling” may help us deal with “loving, knowing ignorance.” Ultimately, the author suggests that we need to become aware of instances of “loving, knowing ignorance,” especially if we are to stay true to Third Wave feminism's commitment to diversity.