Why does she have to wear her hair in an afro? Provocative and affecting, Covering challenges us to be as open with one another as Yoshino is willing to be with us. He shared his personal view that a covering performance by self is more tolerable than a covering demand by others. Covering details how pressures in dominant culture white male heterosexual, etc. This extraordinary book is many things at once: an intensely moving personal memoir; a breathtaking historical and cultural synthesis of assimilation and American equality law; an explosive new paradigm for transcending the morass of identity politics; and in parts, pure poetry. That makes the gay project of self-elaboration emblematic of the search for authenticity all of us engage in as human beings, it is work each of us must do for ourselves, and it is the most important work we can do. Although he uses gay rights as the principal context for his discussion, he powerfully expands his argument to encompass all such forms of oppression. I do not disagree that there are individuals in our society who feel oppressed.
Will we say we cannot change? For many this is such a difficult read but if you have the intellectual capacity and stamina then this book could be a great eye opener for you. I would have also liked him to expand more on race, gender, religion, and disability rights, because I thought he raised some interesting concepts that he could have gone into more depth about. That there should be laws to protect them from having to conform to local standards, even if their overall civil rights are already protected. If one has a right to be something, one has the right to do the things that one feels are part of that identity. Well, stop Kenji Yoshino is an up-and-coming east-coast professor of law. Since we all experience the covering demand, we can all make common cause around a new civil rights paradigm based on our desire for authenticity—a desire that brings us together rather than driving us apart.
I was surprised that Yoshino quoted a great deal from Eric Liu's The Accidental Asian though I understand why he uses the excerpts he does. Day passed by while I was reading this book. Perhaps due to their own insecurities. This book has a great message and is overall a very interesting read. Further, in full disclosure, he visited a class that I took at Cornell, in which each week a new professor would visit and present their recent ideas relating to the humanities and the law. This self-awareness gave me as a reader an even deeper confidence in his point of view. I only gave this book 3 stars because, while it is a recollection of Kenji's life experiences and his explanation of the concept of covering, he wrote the book in an aggressively intellectual manner.
I agree that we should be able to express ourselves. This covering demand is the civil rights issue of our time. My poet's parsin mind read the first 'I' and the second 'I' as different 'I's. Yoshino has published in major academic journals, including The Harvard Law Review, The Stanford Law Review, and The Yale Law Journal. The book shows off his talent in both prose and law.
Women may have it toughest, needing to strike a delicate balance between being feminine enough to be desirable to men, yet in the workplace masculine enough to be seen as a leader. The book then considers covering as applied to race and sex, drawing its examples mostly from the employment context. He discussed the importance of authentic selves and autonomy. The issue was a long going problem as have records… of what liberty and rights are given to the people of the land. To cover is to downplay a disfavored trait so as to blend into the mainstream. In other words, it's okay to be gay as long as you don't flaunt it.
Read the rest of my review at: Yoshino argues that current anti-discrimination law is based on protecting minorities from discrimination that targets essential characteristics they can't change, but does nothing to protect them from discrimination based on behaviors and choices they make based on their minority status. Hate for other groups, even those that may have a common goal. Some aspects of our identity may be similar to others but in some way it will always be different as we perceive things differently. To cover is to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream. . The goal of the civil right movement was to end racial segregation in the country and make African Americans equal with whites.
The first is an examination of gay history, which is itself divided into three parts: conversion, or attempts to change sexual orientation; passing, or attempts to hide sexual orientation; and covering, or attempts not to flaunt sexual orientation. We see covering as both something specific to the author and a much bigger part of the national conversation. And if you're a mom on top of this? He wrote an article in the called Covering in 2002, but went into more extensive detail on the subject of covering using legal manifesto and poetic memoirs. Very stressful reading for me. However, with this culture of diversity one could claim makes America great, comes a series of convoluted identity politics. Given its pervasiveness, we may experience this pressure to be a simple fact of social life. Having previously attended law school myself, I have got to rank this as one of the best written books on a legal topic I've ever read.
Thats how found its way into my life. Each section emphasizes how it is still a current problem. I felt he did a good job of explaining ways that he and others have felt as minorities, as well as trying to broaden the ideas to apply to everyone in some way. Towards the end of the book some of the convoluted legal arguments lost me. I agree that we should be able to express ourselves. Also, a student in Oklahoma was suspended for wearing a headscarf in a public school. Overtime in the Supreme Court, there have been many cases with civil right and civil liberties.
Some readers, however, will not love it. Kenji Yoshino a Japanese American, as a child was torn between two identities of being Japanese or an American…. He was educated at Harvard B. Elite boarding school, Harvard undergraduate degree, Rhodes Scholar, Yale Law Degree, Yale Professor, no class analysis. A former English scholar PhD? Are all of these right? But not in the self's way.