The high incidence of the word matrix to describe metaphysical extensiveness, imbeddedness, and multiplicy in a variety of contemporary cosmologies, as well as to signify a discursive space held by complexly interwoven strands of thought, bears noting, and provides an object lesson: that while iterations of matrix may signal contemporary cosmological desire, a preference for matrix doesn’t necessarily signal feminism. The gender politics of matrix are ambiguous. In fact, we might push past the muddle of ambiguity to what it covers and protects: energetically oppositional impulses.
The gender politics of matrix manifest extreme forms of ambivalence, oppositional affects that constitute the concept and experience of matrix itself: matrixial ambivalence. Such a complex form of ambivalence, with multiple vectors of contradiction, cannot be framed within the parallel dualisms available to deconstruction as man/woman, transcendence/immanence, form/matter, white/non-white, elite/poor.
Deconstructive critique needs spatial supplementation, a framework for directionality that doesn’t collapse into vagueness through proliferation of unmarked multiples as other supplements might, but rather attempts at least to follow patterns of triangulation amid more direct binary reversals. It attempts to account for the production of intra- and interhuman insides and outsides transforming into each other in shared physical and imagined interior spaces.
Psychoanalytic theory opens the dimensionality of affective vectors in the creation of consciousness, social relations, and politics; and attempts to do so with something like science--that is, observation of patterns with predictability over time.
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