This is stuff regular readers likely already know, but it’s nice to have links to stuff for others. Two recent op-eds from the NYT discuss how decision makers in a wide range of gatekeeper roles are more likely to make discretionary accommodations for some people than others while not noticing that this is what they’re doing:
Some recommended reading from John Scalzi and Soraya Chemaly, and a few thoughts.
Nothing induces more rage in others than your taking what you do not deserve and not even noticing.
I like that I don’t worry about being beaten for my sexuality by bigots. I like that I don’t worry about being pulled over by a cop because my skin color. I like that I don’t have to be worried about being under paid because of my gender and race. I like that I don’t worry about people attacking me for finding out that my sex at birth and gender match. I like that I don’t worry about a bunch of people making laws over what goes on in my body. I like that I can speak out and not worry about being physically assaulted due to my size and gender.
Slacker Mums: Lets come up with a scenario and then add bits to see where we end up.
A comment from Chuck Repke about 100 comments in on a post by John Scalzi, which I really recommend reading…
Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader – an even broader mix than usual this time around. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.
Not all questions have clear answers. Sometimes, there is no “right” answer. Sometimes, every “right” answer carries a little bit of wrong in it too. This is especially true when we take a feminist approach informed by intersectionality; a feminism informed by the knowledge that privilege operates in a multitude of ways, that different types of privilege and different types… Read more →
Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed.What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
Is there anyone reading along here who knows enough feminist theory to grok the concept of unexamined privilege who doesn’t believe in unconscious/subconscious sexism? Surely we all know by now that many if not most of the most insidious and difficult to change sexist behaviours are those that operate as unexamined habits rather than conscious choices.
I’ve moved my comments responding to Linda here because otherwise it is derailing Helen’s thread. This is for the record, it’s combative and not particularly edifying, but for the sake of transparency it’s being published and can be discussed by anyone so inclined. Everyone who just wants to pass over to Otters and Politics, please feel free to ignore. Linda’s… Read more →
Join our Facebook group – “Against the Proposed Narrowing of Accessible Parking Permit Eligibility“! ~~~ **Please spread this post far and wide** Following on from Lauredhel’s powerful CALL TO ACTIVISM, here is a form letter that I developed (with input from Lauredhel, Wildly Parenthetical and my RL friend J), which can be used by anyone wishing to protest the ways… Read more →
Join our Facebook group – “Against the Proposed Narrowing of Accessible Parking Permit Eligibility“! ~~~ WildlyParenthetical is feminist, queer, white, TAB [Temporarily Able-Bodied] and recently, an official Doctor (no, she can’t write prescriptions, sadly… but she can analyse and theorise until the cows come home, and now has the piece of paper to prove it). Her research focusses on anomalous… Read more →
I bet this post is not what you think it’s going to be. What cheeses me off is Temporarily Able-Bodied (TAB) folk leaping to attribute accessible parking problems to “permit abuse”. (This can be broadened to other disability accommodations, also.) This is often their first and only response. “People With Disabilities (PWD) can’t find parking? It’s because of those nasty… Read more →