food for thought: this week in inequality

Trouble at the Kool-Aid Point | Kathy Sierra @ Serious Pony:

I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”, retweeting. In other words, the point at which her readers have (in the troll’s mind) “drunk the Koolaid”. Apparently, that just can’t be allowed.

“For Your Smudging Purposes” | Dr. Adrienne Keene @NativeApprops:

On Allying Myself with #Teamharpy and Others | Nicholas @ Information. Games.:

I don’t like to describe myself as an ally. It feels more like a marketing campaign than a positive action. Still, I don’t have a better term to describe collaborating with the oppressed to work towards justice. With the way the world is organized, I’m much more likely to benefit from injustice than to be a target of it. So, when I read@evilangela’s words about this on Twitter, they resonated.

@evilangela:  “Ally” only has any meaning when used as a verb. As a noun, it’s meaningless, self-congratulatory bullshit.

I’ve also been thinking about nina de jesus’ clear and sharp words about finding herself on the front lines of a fight for justice. She framed her involvement in a way that helps me frame my support.

On Sexism, Sexual Assault, and the Threat of the ‘Non-Bro’ | Robyn Pennacchia @ deathandtaxes:

I remember her warning me that activist men fighting the good fight could be just as bad, sexism-wise—if not worse— than non-activist men. Because they think being counter-cultural and progressive gives them “a pass” that other men don’t have. “Don’t forget–Angela Davis.” she said.

“Whatever, mom. EVERYTHING IS NOT THE SIXTIES, OK? Things change! Times change! Not everyone is Jerry Rubin.” I said.

Activist Fired After She Posts Video Berating Family For Flying Mexican Flag | Jonathan Turley:

Businesses have wide latitude in punishing employees for private conduct, though some states have laws protecting some forms of speech and employment such as voting and political activities. We have a new such case involving a woman in Ontario who shot and posted a video of her berating a neighbor for flying a Mexican flag. The video caused many to be understandably angry with Tressy Capps, who didn’t seem to see how obnoxious she appeared in her own posted video. However, it has not escaped her employer, which proceeded to fire her.

A Story About Bootstraps | Melissa McEwan @ Shakesville:

White USians (particularly, though not exclusively and not universally) subscribe fully and uncritically to the narrative of bootstraps and the promise of the American Dream and the myth of opportunity. Anyone (except oneself, naturally) who fails to achieve, including other whites who had the terrible sense to be born poor, with disabilities, to abusive parents, and/or in some other potentially success trajectory-fucking circumstance, is personally blamed for their lot and—even in spite of obvious innate incompatibilities with the unjust, inflexible, kyriarchal, privilege-rewarding system by which we’re meant to achieve “success” as if it’s a level playing field—is suspected, and frequently openly accused, of simply failing to work hard enough.

The Problem With Nice White Ladies ™ | Satifice:

Why are Nice White Ladies™ a major problem within librarianship? A significant portion has to do with respectability politics. They wish to have ‘discussions’ and appear ‘reasonable’ when it comes to certain things. They believe that, if we are having a discussion, that this means that a consensus or agreement necessarily must follow, otherwise the conversation is unproductive. They truly believe that, just by showing up and doing their jobs, they are helping the world and doing good.

A New Labor Issue: Control Over Time | Miriam Zoila Perez @ ColorLines:

In a new book, “Unequal Time,” sociologists Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson argue that workers’ control over their time is a crucial labor issue that deserves more attention. “Most the conversation about inequality is about wages—and that’s a really important discussion,” says Gerstel. “But time is a key way to talk about inequality.”

For “Unequal Time,” Gerstel and Clawson studied four professions within what they call the medical-health sector: doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Their research emphasizes how class and gender impact who has the most control over their regular work schedules and time off.


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