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Oppositional thinking shapes the activists’ labels, motivates their demands, and restricts their visions of community. could pray you to death. This teaches me that words had a life, a resonance, and a purpose.” Post-oppositionality—as word, idea, and ac- tion—can do real work in the world. Post-oppositionality includes modes of thought and action that incorporate the lessons of op- positional politics but don’t remain trapped in the status-quo. It transforms either/or thinking into the acceptance of multiplicity, contradic- VOL. 34, NO. 1 tion, and paradox, energized by a search for complex commonalities spacious enough to contain differences. To illustrate one of the many forms post- oppositionality can take, I offer a quick look at cultural theorist, creative writer, and philosopher Gloria Anzaldúa. Anzaldúa was deeply involved in feminism and other social movements from the 1970s onward, during a © 2019 TIKKUN MAGAZINE 89