What does it mean to recognize the home as a site of resistance?
Last semester, our professor posed this question to a group of law students at an ivy league university, and was surprised at how many students got so upset. But professor, they cried, women were oppressed in the home. That’s why we fought so hard to get out.
Do you, professor asked us, agree with them? Home is oppression that you have to escape?
Here are some images brought to my mind by the phrase “home as a site of resistance”:
I think of a classmate who declares she was born and lives in Haifa, Palestine, a place that according to official maps does not exist. And I think of her mother, who continues to live in their family home as her foremothers have done.