Posts tagged classism
Bristol Palin and the Privilege to Fail

This, ultimately, is why Bristol Palin’s second, chosen pregnancy matters. Because of the abstinence culture she promotes, because of purity culture’s narratives of forgiveness from which she benefits, other people are left without resources. Bristol was uniquely privileged in her pregnancy to have a supportive family and the public relations ability to capitalize on her story to make money for her and her child. She is privy to resources almost no teenage mothers have, and is engaged, even while choosing to have another child, in the rolling back of resources and rights for women just like her. 

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Shoplifting As Social Justice?: The Importance of an Intersectional Lens

The CEO of Urban Outfitters doesn’t care that a few hundred dollars worth of clothing disappeared from the Orland Park, IL, store. But the manager of that store sure does, and its the employees – statistically likely to be single mothers – are the ones who will get the brunt of it. With the prevalence of at-will employment in the United States, these managers don’t even have to prove that their employee did something wrong – they can simply be fired on the suspicion of wrongdoing or for a failure to prevent theft.

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Purity is a Class Issue: Personal Responsibility, Condescension, and Poverty

In purity culture, those making purity pledges, buying the rings, and attending the balls are women of a certain class. If you watch any documentary on the purity movement, you’ll see mostly white women and girls, standing in large elaborate houses, in clearly comfortable lifestyles.

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A Good Dad Buys: The Classism of Mark Driscoll's Masculinity

It seems that Driscoll is happy to call himself counter-cultural when it doesn’t confront the millions he has made from his church ministry and the trust funds and inheritance his kids will surely be privy to when they turn 18. It also seems that Driscoll is mapping his own personal riches onto what a “godly father” does, self-justifying his massive fortune by ordering that other men do so as well, or they are not godly fathers.

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