“Not long ago you are in a room where someone asks the philosopher Judith Butler what makes language hurtful. Our very being exposes us to the address of another, she answers. We suffer from the condition of being addressable. Our emotional openness, she adds, is carried by our addressability. Language navigates this. Language that feels hurtful is intended to exploit all the ways that you are present. Your alertness, your openness, and your desire to engage actually demand your presence, your looking up, your talking back, and, as insane as it is, saying please.”

― Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric

We suffer from the condition of being addressable, Butler

Judith Butler quoted by Claudia Rankine in Citizen: An American Lyric

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