6. Protest is not only political and economic, but also fits within a “paradigm of political bloom” (xvii). What are the three factors in this paradigm or model?
In the “paradigm of political bloom,” the three factors are gender locations, social contestation, and artistic revision. Different cultural forms of protest reveal these factors as they exist in resistance, as they may not as obvious as other traits in the model of a changing society. But performing democracy allows us to notice these forms of public participation, especially as they evolve with technology.
4. Page xv-xvi How do the women on this page “perform democratic desire with diverse claims?”
The three groups of women on this page — “one wrapped in a flag, one group televised, one enveloped in flames” (xvi) — each perform their democratic desire in a different way with a different goal. Instead of just the image of women being beat by police during protests, these other women add different narratives to the story of resistance. Over Facebook, Marwa-al-Mtowaq wraps herself in a flag to show her excitement for democracy. The Xhosa women perform their protests of reparation on TV. Fadwa Laroui lights herself on fire for recognition for the struggles of the poor. With different methods and different goals, these women each perform their democratic desire in a way that captures attention.