Posts tagged oppression
Manners and the American Female

And this ultimately is why our metrics of politeness and kindness have to be considered carefully. For many, I’m a rude woman because I bother to open my mouth about things considered “impolite” by many. We like to think we’re beyond the world where women shouldn’t speak on politics or religion or anything in between. But in reality, we still live in a culture where a woman bothering to open her mouth is perceived as a threat of the worst kind.

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What Jonathan Chait Gets Wrong (And Right) About Political Correctness

The best we, as individuals, can do is remember the human behind the keyboard, the life behind the words, and the story behind the need for a trigger warning or a content note. I firmly believe that righteous anger, challenging of what it means to be powerful, and pointing out problematic behavior (or “calling out,” as it may be) are necessary to any movement toward progress. We have to be willing to be uncomfortable, especially if we are in positions of privilege. But we also have to be willing to see humanity, to empathize, to see the person and not just the mistake.

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Words Mean Things: Shame, Oppression, and Power

Only, when we refer to mere discomfort as “shame,” we undermine very real shame. It’s like when we compare things that are not the Holocaust to the Holocaust – each time we do this, we erode the intensity, the meaningfulness, and the tragedy of the events. We take away the ability to describe truly shameful things if even the slightest criticism is viewed as “shaming.”

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