Dentalium and Dreams Beyond the University
Indigenous grad school student Erica Violet Lee meditates on wealth and abundance: “I want wealth by our definitions, because their definitions will always label us needy, at-risk, poor. I want abundance, in all the ways we define it for ourselves.”
On the Circle of Privilege
This is what privilege looks like: “Because of that small step up, everything else was given to us. The guarantee of rest, of proper food, of an exuberance of attention that continues at the hotel we are staying at. We were given more because we had more to begin with.”
“Names have power.”
Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, a writer and linguistic anthropologist, reflects on the power of names to shape our identity — and to highlight both privilege and discrimination.
What we talk about when we talk about sexual harassment
Michael Hobbes on the societal blindness that puts the blame for harassment on the victim: “If you have never been hurt by jokes about your gender or your race or your sexuality, those who complain about them seem oversensitive.”
This is just how white supremacy works. Without vigilance, it seeps into everything: like an overlooked red sock that stains the whole laundry load pink. That one red sock that makes my whites look as if, pre-wash, I had soaked ’em all in blood.
Free-Range Parenting Is a Privilege for the White and Affluent
At The Establishment, Stephanie Land takes a hard look at the ways in which parenting choices intersect race and class, and explains why, as a low-income mother, she fears raising her daughter “free range.”
“This is authentic life, though it is not the poetic authenticity in which one feels uplifted rather than beaten down. But many cities around the world, like Kolkata, are dense with the small indignities of daily life. In these places, the romance of such authenticity is a joke.”
The Most Exotic People On Earth
“Nobody considers himself to be the exotic furniture maker from rural Brasil. He considers himself Marco.” On travel, and the exotic “other” – AKA, people who happen to live in a different place than you.
Too Loud, Too Outspoken, Too Feminist: Anne Thériault Writes Her Truth
We chat with Toronto-based writer Anne Thériault at The Belle Jar about the evolution of her writing, blogging on hot-button topics, and being an ally.
Straight Men Explain Things to Me
Musings from Alan Ryland: “If I could choose to be a straight man, I would. At least, this is what I tell myself sometimes. As you can imagine, it doesn’t really help me sleep at night.”
The Narrative of Privilege
An emergency room physician considers the meth addict in front of her, and ponders the concepts of “choice” and “privilege,” the power of circumstances, and how much control any of us really have.
An Open Letter to a Privileged White Girl
A response at Black Millennials to an xoJane article about a white woman unable to focus on yoga because of the “heavy black woman” in class: “You assumed that there was hostility towards you. You further assumed that the invisible tension was based solely on your skin color and your shape.”
I Am Racist, and So Are You.
“Mike Brown. Renisha McBride. Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. These are only a handful of the hundreds of people killed each year because of white people’s fear. Because of fear like mine. Because of racism like mine.” In the days of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Rachel Shadoan reflects on racism in America.
Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Savior Complex
Anne Thériault on the assumptions and white savior complex of Leigh Anne Tuohy: “Leigh Anne Tuohy profiled two Black kids, invaded their privacy and interrogated them, but somehow people are behaving as if this is some kind of wonderful social justice moment.”
Guilt, Privilege, and Questions I Was Afraid To Ask
By Jennifer at Almost Open Book:
“My privilege is the freedom
To acknowledge oppression
Yet decide when I want to have the conversation.”