When I don’t understand something, I write about it. It helps me see the situation from a different angle.
I’ve written about friends who have committed suicide, or people who have broken my heart, or strange, fantastic things I’ve never experienced like attempting space travel or what it’s like…
It’s true what he says though - there is no subject position from which it’s ok to talk about inequality - if you’re poor you are doing it out of jealously, if you’re not poor you’re doing it out of guilt/saviour complex, if you are young it’s just a phase, if you’re old you are hankering for times long gone and trying to recapture your youth, if you’re not well educated you just don’t understand the complexity of the situation, if you are well educated you’re in an academic bubble divorced from reality, if your politically apathetic you’re not allowed to complain, if you’re politically active you’re just trying to push your own sectarian agenda…
For every possible type of person there’s an established reason why your opinions on inequality are invalid. That’s not an accident.
No matter the opposition, we should definitely be prepared to not just talk about inequality, but to do something about it.
"Well, when I was nine years old Star Trek came on, I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, 'Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there's a black lady on television and she ain't no maid!' I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.”
— Whoopi Goldberg
Yet another reason to appreciate Star Trek. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it has value beyond just aliens and phasers.
i love him so much
Joss Whedon is just brilliant!
I haven’t thought about the kid who bullied me in over twenty years.
Trigger Warning: Bullying and Abuse.
When I was in elementary school, I was bullied by the kid who lived across the street. It started the day we moved in, and it continued until the day we moved out.
His bullying was relentless: I’d be sitting in my…