Further evidence for pomo as project

by Nene

In reading about the history of Canadian midwifery, the point is made that feminist theory has failed to do justice to women and their reality. Whereas in the 70s the women’s movement promoted the feminist critique of the medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth, it recent decades it’s become clear that this mobilization came from the perspective of and catered to white, middle-class, heterosexual women, and artificially homogenized the experience of mothers and midwives. Now, in 2011, the literature reflects a more nuanced and subsequently more accurate representation of midwifery that accounts for race, gender, power, and class.

This adds to the argument that the efforts of modernity are not yet completely dead, not rendered obsolete after the advent of postmodernity. The movement toward a refining of theory and thought reflects this. The term late modernity, instead of postmodernity, helps to illustrate the point: it is a problematization and maturation of the project of modernity, not a complete denial of it. We don’t become nihilistic when confronted with an obstacle, but grapple with it and get to work. Because what pomo teaches us is that we still have lots to learn, lots to understand, and lots to do in order to get there. Justice is still important and decisions still need to be made; it’s the way to choose that needs to be helped.