Thursday, October 29, 2009

The world as we know it

The world as we know it is entirely dependent on oppression: of the poor and the disenfranchised, of those whose bodies don't fit the prevailing cultural ideal, of those who suffer ill health including addictions, of women, of LGBTQI people, of those of different (usually darker) skin colour from those in power, of those who come from elsewhere, of those who speak differently, of those who worship differently, of those who learn differently.

The world as we know it is dependent on their oppression.

You can respond to this realisation by deciding that oppression is therefore necessary and just (and you can celebrate this decision or you can lament it).

Or you can decide that the world must change. And act.

1 comment:

Please avoid (1) victim-blaming, (2) justifying any particular instance of oppression/exploitation, (3) explaining that we live in a post-feminist/racist/ablist/enter-oppression-here world, or (4) Mansplaining at all. Barn writers are free to moderate their own posts how ever they deem fit, and not obligated to entertain any comment. If you suspect it might seem offensive, don't comment.

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