Tagged: quote
in which ‘Kamikaze Girls’ summarizes fandom
chris. | 11 September 2012 | 8:48 pm | (culture) transforming, collected rants, deconstructing bigotry | Comments closed

Original film version:

Kamikaze Girls: That's the wrong character.

Kamikaze Girls: It was perfect before you told me.

Fandom version:

There's sexual harassment in fandom.

Kamikaze Girls: It was perfect before you told me.

Ichigo:  “The whole gang has it!  People will laugh at us!”

days filled with wonder, & pain
chris. | 16 November 2011 | 10:50 pm | diary, glosses | Comments closed

Strange things happen when your insides are screaming and your outsides are trying to look cool and calm: When you can’t hold in the secrets of your life, but to tell them in plain language would kill you: When you can’t trust your trust and you can’t stop loving and wanting no matter how much you wish to make yourself dead.

Cindy Crabb
Introduction to the ‘Doris’ zine anthology

more recent-ish class(ism) links
chris. | 23 November 2010 | 7:53 am | (deconstructing) class(ism) | 3 Comments

I also wanted to post one of the chewiest quotes from the 1st article i linked to in yesterday’s round-up:

Adam Drewnowski, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, has spent his career showing that Americans’ food choices correlate to social class. He argues that the most nutritious diet—lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, and grains—is beyond the reach of the poorest Americans, and it is economic elitism for nutritionists to uphold it as an ideal without broadly addressing issues of affordability. Lower-income families don’t subsist on junk food and fast food because they lack nutritional education, as some have argued. And though many poor neighborhoods are, indeed, food deserts—meaning that the people who live there don’t have access to a well-stocked supermarket—many are not. Lower-income families choose sugary, fat, and processed foods because they’re cheaper—and because they taste good. In a paper published last spring, Drewnowski showed how the prices of specific foods changed between 2004 and 2008 based on data from Seattle-area supermarkets. While food prices overall rose about 25 percent, the most nutritious foods (red peppers, raw oysters, spinach, mustard greens, romaine lettuce) rose 29 percent, while the least nutritious foods (white sugar, hard candy, jelly beans, and cola) rose just 16 percent.

“In America,” Drewnowski wrote in an e-mail, “food has become the premier marker of social distinctions, that is to say—social class. It used to be clothing and fashion, but no longer, now that ‘luxury’ has become affordable and available to all.” He points to an article in The New York Times, written by Pollan, which describes a meal element by element, including “a basket of morels and porcini gathered near Mount Shasta.” “Pollan,” writes Drewnowski, “is drawing a picture of class privilege that is as acute as anything written by Edith Wharton or Henry James.”


why talk about institutionalized racism, sexism, classism
chris. | 5 June 2010 | 10:25 am | deconstructing bigotry | Comments closed

From Invisible Privilege: A Memoir About Race, Glass, & Gender, by Paula Rothenberg.  (Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2000.)

But how is it possible to separate the impact of race, class, and gender on individual lives, and why do some people think it desirable to do so?  Perhaps there is a strong desire to deny the impact of racism because recognizing it might demand that we talk about white responsibility, white complicity, white privilege.  Many are more comfortable looking at economic inequality because in their mind it fails to imply such clear responsibility.  If racism is the issue, then white people will have to ask how they have, perhaps inadvertently, benefited from it.  If economic inequities are at fault, then many whites can point to their own humble origins as children or grandchildren of poor immigrants as proof that anyone who works hard can succeed.  In this way, they fail to understand the difference between the ethnic or religious prejudice that their families fought to overcome and the racism that pervades our society.

Many white people continue to believe that racism and sexism, like ethnic prejudice, are simply hateful attitudes toward people.  They look inside themselves and cannot find either the feelings or the beliefs they associate with prejudice and so conclude that they are not prejudiced.  Because they are committed to treating people fairly, they believe they do so.  They teach their children not to judge others by the color of their skin, and they contribute to various charities that address issues of equity and civil rights.  Because they have never been taught the difference between simple “prejudice” and the more complex and recalcitrant forms of oppression signified by the words “racism” and “sexism,” they cannot understand why some people want to talk about “racism” all the time instead of individual initiative.  They do not understand that racism and sexism are perpetuated every day by nice people who are carrying on business as usual.  They do not recognize that what passes as “business as usual” already institutionalizes white skin, male, and class privilege.  They honestly believe that what separates them […] are intelligence and hard work.

A long quote, but as i read these 2 paragraphs in the book my brain kept punching the air and saying, “Yes.  Yes, that’s it.  That’s it exactly.”  It covers the myth of “you just have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps” and also hits hard on what Jess/raanve and i have called the “but let me tell you about my poor Irish immigrant grandparents” problem.

Racism, sexism, and classism are problems in the institutions of society and not just prejudices held by individual people.