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5th-Sep-2010 12:00 am

Regarding that heavy thinking, I’ve been doing? Well part of it involves the content of this post, which I recommend you read. If you read nothing else today, read this:

Great, Now I Hate Everybody, by Harriet J.

A long but fantastic post about how to incorporate ideals into your day to day life.

There’s a larger social/political/cultural structure at work when you try to live your feminist ideals, something bigger than you and your relationship with another individual. Sometimes the structure and your daily life can’t be separated viably. But other times, it’s just you and another person, and you want to know how to get along with them without considering your Feminist Value Points, or ethical consistency, or a life philosophy. The desire for positive human contact can easily outweigh all cerebral considerations, and that’s a good thing; without it, I don’t think any of us would even be able to get out of bed long enough to give a shit about feminism. I, personally, am invested in feminism and anti-oppressive ideas because I see these ideas as ways to create a world where more people are willing to connect with each other, because there are less artificial, constructed, hierarchical fault lines keeping them apart. So it’s not good enough for me to decide that my feminism just means I have to be lonely from now on. If I don’t connect with and care about people — real individual people — what the hell is feminism for?

Take the time, read it.

This post can also be found at Thagomizer.net. Feel free to join in the conversation wherever you feel most comfortable.

4th-Sep-2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
I found this one a few months ago, and that plus Shakesville's Terrible Bargain post are two that dovetail neatly with one another.

I'm working on my own limits after having my own "click" moment - there are times when I have the emotional bulwarks to confront privilege where I see it in my co-workers and spaces on LJ that I once thought were safe. On the times that I don't, I stick to my own little corner of the internet and will only voice an objection if it's a hard limit (ie, "Man, with these prices, they really rape you at the gas pumps!" "They really gouge you at the pumps, cousin/friend/whoever, have a little respect, okay?")

It's really starting to limit the comms on my LJ flist, but ultimately I think it's for the better.
5th-Sep-2010 03:35 am (UTC)
That is a great post, thanks for the link! I hadn't seen this blog before - though I realized I'd read excerpts quoted in other blogs. Adding it to my blogroll!
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