“It matters, of course, what age those bodies are, and whether they are able-bodied, since in all forms of dependency, bodies require not just one other person, but social systems of support that are complexly human and technical.”


Judith Butler, from Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly



No Isolation

“There are no isolated people, there is truly now a global village and it matters.”

Leslie Marmon Silko, from Conversations with Leslie Marmon Silko


“It matters whether the voting process unfolds against the backdrop of other political rights and of economic and social justice.  It matters greatly if human rights are violated for the purpose of producing an election.”


Angela Y. Davis, from The Meaning of Freedom




“If history has any meaning or value, as we must assume it does, given our tendency to reach back into the past (or what we assume to have been the past) to account for present problems, then it matters to get it right, insofar as we can.”


Marilynne Robinson, from The Death of Adam



“It matters/maters not so much as expression of gender but as enactment of genre.”


Joan Retallack, from The Poethical Wager


“A wall is hard; it matters that a wall is made from hard matter.”


Sara Ahmed, from Living a Feminist Life

A Decent Society

“But if we agree that love matters for justice, we still do not have an account of how it matters, how a decent society might arrange, compatibly with liberal freedom, to invite citizens to have emotional experiences of the sort that the theory imagines.”


Martha C. Nussbaum, from Political Emotions


“It is not that we are born and then later become precarious, but rather that precariousness is coextensive with birth itself (birth is, by definition, precarious), which means that it matters whether or not this infant being survives, and that its survival is dependent on what we might call a social network of hands.”


Judith Butler, from Frames of War.


“It matters, for example, whether racism — and race itself — as an ideological construction is significantly unspoken and unspeakable.”


Alexis Shotwell, from Knowing Otherwise.

Just the Facts

It matters whether people know, and can apply, methods for distinguishing facts and falsehoods.


Contributed by Jonathan Weinert