Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tu Chiste

1. We recently got a toaster in the break room at work. Apparently this has been a long struggle, involving many debates over fire code. It was such a big deal in the office that everybody was buzzing about it for days leading up to its arrival, we had a ribbon cutting ceremony. No joke.

2. Pretty Girls Making Ugly Faces. I don't have a feminist or philosophical reason for why I think this is the greatest. Just that humans are at once beautiful and really fucking weird looking, and I think that's great.

3. Some folks have started up "I need Masculism because..." in response to "I need Feminism because." Womp womp. Luckily, there are people like this in the world too:

No Soy Tu Chiste, a poster series by Daniel Arzola

5. I feel like I ought to follow up on #3, lest it seem dismissive or reductive to make light of such a complex issue. So here's an Allan G. Johnson quote from the Gender Knot that articulates it pretty well:
Men’s misery does deserve sympathy, but not if it means we ignore how men contribute to that misery, where it comes from, and what men get in exchange for it. It’s all too easy to go from sympathy for men to forgetting that patriarchy and male privilege even exist. Part of what makes it so easy is misunderstanding what privilege is, where it comes from, and how it is distributed. Many men argue, for example, that men are privileged only to the degree that they feel privileged. A key aspect of privilege, however, is to be unaware of it as privilege. In addition, even though men as a group are privileged in society, factors such as race, class, sexual orientation, and disability status affect how much privilege each man gets to enjoy and how he experiences it. 

Privilege can take many forms, and its distribution among people in a society is a complicated process. Privilege can be something as simple as being heard and taken seriously when we say something, of being served promptly and courteously in a store or restaurant, or of being free to move around or express an opinion. It can take the form of wealth or power or having other people clean up after us and take care of our needs. In every case, what makes something privilege is the unequal way in which it is distributed and the effect it has of elevating some people over others.

6. And to lighten things up... 

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