Understanding Benjamins Theory Of Subjectivity and Power

Individuality comes with certain conditions that have to be met in order for people to form relationships.  The male species has the ancestral nature to dominate and think of anyone else as sexual objects or helpers to him.  And in order for relationships and bonds of love to form people need to recognize who other people in society are.  If someone does not give attention or show any feelings towards a person then that person ceases to exist.  This power imbalance is what made the patriarchy into what it is today with males not recognizing females as equals and just sexual objects.  This intense battle of trying to dominate one another makes the process of forming relationships harder than it needs to be.  Think about the quiet kid that sits in the back with his hoodie on and headphones in, and that nobody has talked to or knows anything about him, after high school that person is forgotten because of the lack of dominance he had over people.  They viewed him as nothing special and not a threat so they gave him no thought.  The power hierarchy which all people have in their minds is what keeps the bonds of love from being formed. Her theory makes me see the social exchanges between people as machines rather than human beings.

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