What isn’t cultural appropration:
• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting…
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
I mean, it’s just true.
But the more insidious and painful part of our failed meritocracy is how it has stratified society and even enhanced classism.
Here’s the thing—if a system promises equality and progress based on your abilities alone, then failure would seem totally deserved. If someone could not climb the ranks in society, one could simply say that they did not work hard or that they were simply not good enough. It becomes a total personal failure.
On the flipside, should you succeed, that success is seen as the product of your own hard work and nothing else. You alone produced your success and you do not have to question whether you were given a head start with the circumstances you were born into…
R. Quinn Moore, who coined the term “Multiracial Meritocracy” to describe Singapore’s meritocratic system, explained how the dominant “logic runs that if the rules are not the same for everyone, the system is simply “not fair.”” This logic, however, easily falls apart when structural biases and disadvantages exist for races within diverse communities. What is more sustainable and fair would be, dissonant as it may superficially seem, a system where “inherited advantages or disadvantages are compensated for”…
As a student growing up, the world felt competitive. Because your personal results mattered so much, it seemed as if the world functioned with complete emphasis on the individual. This heavy emphasis on the individual might give us a clue to why social justice issues, and concern about the community at large are not questions that are prioritized when we talk about meritocracy. Instead what we always talk about is the rise of an individual to the top ranks…
Meritocracy as a system that reductively characterizes complex human beings living within complex circumstances into simple human units, shapes our judgments of others in equally reductive ways. Signifiers of human value thus lie in things like the job you have, the money you rake in, the clothes you wear or the car you drive. The worst thing that this does is convince the disadvantaged that they deserve their perceived failures and the treatment they receive from society.
To be white, or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitious and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a “woman doctor” or they will say they went to see “the doctor.” People will tell you they have a “gay colleague” or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a “friend,” everyone will assume the person is white. Any college course that doesn’t have the word “woman” or “gay” or “minority” in its title is a course about men, heterosexuals, and white people. But we call those courses “literature,” “history” or “political science.”
This invisibility is political.
|—||Michael S. Kimmel, in the introduction to the book, “Privilege: A Reader” (via thinkspeakstress)|
seventeen magazine has officially lost it
when your friends do something cool without you
and think that there was EVER a period in time when they respected us.
for every other reason
besides saggy pants!!
oh nah… keep listening to people who preach self hate because the world respects THE FUCK out of black people in a suit and tie.
no matter what you do, say or dress like they’ll continue to do shit like
there’s no such thing as black empowerment while still shaming black people.
Lifehack: Accidentally text the wrong person? Immediately put your phone on airplane mode and once it fails to deliver, delete the message.
This can save lives
In the Texas Attorney General’s office, assistant attorney generals who are men make more on average, than those who are women, something that has been the topic of much debate in Texas. The MHP panel discusses the discrepancies in pay between men and women.
Look at her phone omg
The shoes tho
i loved the 90s
cadet kelly premiered in 2002
everyone knows the 90s didn’t end until about 2004
Reblogging for accuracy of the last comment.