...but I like this post: The Right To Fuck Up; there's some good discussion going on in the comments, too. (At least at the moment - you all know what the internet is like).

I especially liked the comment with this:

"What if our politics didn’t come out as “I should be anti-racist because that’s the right thing to do” or “I should be anti-racist because I’m an anti-racist activist”; but instead “I should be anti-racist because I love you and when I’m racist it hurts you”? Would that make things any different?"

It made things click a bit, for me. They used 'racist' in the example, but it works for 'sexist'*, 'homophobic', 'disableist', 'transphobic' and others - even things which don't really have 'official' names in social justice discourse. When you get past all the theory and definitions and logic puzzles, we really just want the world to suck less, am I right? We want for society to look after everyone, not just straight Christian cis-men with money. We want for there to be less pointless chafe that makes the lives of the oppressed harder with no real gain.

I mean, some enforcement of the kyriarchy is done by cruel people who just want to feel superior to someone. The majority of the time, though, it's 'that's how things work, right?' and 'I can't be arsed to consider that other people have a different view of the world - or even themselves - than I do, and I can't be wrong', and 'But I don't want to be the oppressed one!'

Laziness, fear, and a lack of compassion. Is there any reason why the world can't be different?




*(actually, this is a rare example which works for both misogyny and misandry, because the power of the situation is, while relevent to the magnitude of the harm, not so relevent to the harm itself)
http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_feminism/430267.html

^ Look, a post about the academia (/work in general) gender gap and an aggrivating factor thereof!
A discussion of this post about what men could be doing to reduce rape culture ended up with the guy I was talking to changing his facebook status to 'Hey guys! Stop raping people! Seriously! NOT COOL!'

...based on the assertion that the kind of guy who is likely to be a problem is also the kind of guy that is more likely to listen to another guy (as opposed to woman) telling them off about it.

PS. Awesome post, lots of stories in the comments.
I really, really hate when my housemates make rape jokes. Like, really hate it. I called her out ('Please stop reinforcing rape culture at me'), got called crazy and informed by the one who made the 'joke' that she 'cares about feminism' (though apparently not about a person's right to bodily autonomy) before she flounced off.

Does anyone else find stuff like this massively triggering?
Well, sort of yay. I'm going to miss staying with Steve's family. And I don't have nearly enough time left to do my lab report. Meh. Weapons practice on Saturday?

The price of basic stuff really has gone up. We did a giant 'moving back in' shop today, and it cost nearly 75 quid. Fuck.

Also, my breasts hurt. A lot This means that the exams in a week are not going to be comfortable. Ick. Also, I should revise for those. Three modules, only one of which I've really gone over in any depth.

Is it wrong that other people's blog posts about losing weight and how it can be torture, like, literally, kinda make me... hungry? After reading the comments (and they're right about the men-don't-necessarily-need-more-calories-than-women thing - I need to eat far more than Steve does, though, then again, he does sleep more. So -) I was really glad that we bought yogurt and spring rolls today. Nom.

EDIT: I didn't go on the holiday thing. I chickened out and got dropped off at the train station when my family was on their way to the motorway. I have skiing kit in my suitcase and my cash box, dressing gown, favourite coat and Lush products are in Devon-home. *bad*
It just occurred to me while going over this subject on the ff.net PM system: DH-Spoiler ) isn't a parallel to Harry (parents dead) or Neville (lives with grandmother), but to Tom Riddle Jr himself!

Harry and Neville parallel each other because their parents... )

So perhaps the 'pointless deaths' weren't quite so pointless as they first appear. Perhaps.

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