Honouring Scars, Healing OurSelves: A Theory of Social Justice

Nadia Guidotto


Given mediating factors like time, location, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, class, ability, among a host of other dynamics that influence our lived experienced, I can think of nothing concrete that truly unites us in our human condition apart from the very fact of our material embodiment. Upon that fleshy canvas our lives are written. And our scars chronicle that story. In this paper, I invite the reader to feel out this metaphor in the context of queer history and see where it might take us in our struggle for social justice. We have tried hard-line identity politics and inflicted many wounds upon those who do not qualify for group membership. We have also tried more post-structural routes which led to an erasure or denial of those very wounds. Since, those wounds have turned into scars and it is time for us to honour them and recognize their empowering potential.


Queer Activism; Queer Theory; Identity Politics; Feminist; Embodiment; Empowerment

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Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education/ Le journal canadien pour les tudes queer en ducation . ISSN: 1710-7598