We are pushing ourselves to our absolute limits at institutions like American college campuses that do little to change this toxic environment.
Instructing one another on the ways in which we are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. simply reinforces the self-righteous conduct and power-oriented behavior that led us to our currently inequitable world. Becoming effective accomplices rather than compliant “allies” is a challenge we must all accept to progress towards empathy and liberation.
When we look at these scenarios, what is crucial to notice is that dynamics of privilege define these interactions… Essentially, what this person has is the privilege to silence someone.
Capitalism and patriarchy reinforce one another by means of the nuclear family – the true liberation of women requires the abolition of the family as it is currently structured.
My “black” hairstyle is in no way a reflection of my work ethic, skills, or qualifications as an employee.
The invisible, extra burden of a public cry feels so illogical. So what’s the big deal with crying in public?
I was determined to find an answer, some sort of tangible proof that women were, indeed, funny. So I interviewed 4th year European Studies major and Theater minor Katie Green, a student comedian and proud feminist at UCLA.
Ableism is sometimes projected by those who have never experienced any sort of physical or mental disability—and consequently none of the harsh marginalization that accompanies disability.
If we face extraordinarily high consequences for letting out emotions online, for having 2-D proof of partying, for posting controversial art or political views, for exploring our bodies, sexualities, or identities on an open forum, what are we losing?
Cissexism is the conscious or unconscious reinforcement of the belief that there are only two genders, determined at birth by one’s genitals. This belief results in the privileging of cisgender people and oppression of transgender, non-binary, and intersex people.