My Next Positionality Section

Yesterday afternoon I listened to music. I started with Blondie, jumped to Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, and ended with Linda Perry singing with 4 Non-Blondes "What's Up?" Women with 🎤 in hand and swollen throats singing against patriarchy and war and calling attention to the urgency of a revolution. Yesterday they were all in English, but growing up, these voices were mixed with those of Andrea Echeverry, Ely Guerra, and Julieta Venegas 👩🎤. The visual stakes of their videos and the messages of their songs marked my teenage years. In contrast to the lessons about machismo that family routines instilled in me, the voices of these women meant a point of escape. From the comfort of my parent's apartment with cable television and MTV, I read these singers as spokeswomen for a sensitive knowledge about the world and human relationships.

Given the repetitive and rehearsed tone of the positionality sections I find in the empirical articles I read and write, I would like to start with Zombie next time.

“But you see, it's not me
It's not my family
In your head, in your head, they are fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are crying”

(Dolores O’Riordan, 1994)

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