Thursday, November 29, 2007

One Deep Thought for Today

I'm working on a deadline this morning, on a manuscript about gender politics and the expansion of the EU.

It's actually quite interesting, in a fairly dry way, and something I know nothing about, so it's illuminating. But I'm tired, and my brain is really quite full and wishing for a rest.

One sentence just now stood out for me despite my brain fog:

Both women and racial minorities are framed as “disadvantaged” by their group membership, and as less able to achieve in what is framed as an inherently fair and yet hierarchical system of competitive capitalism.
Amazing, that. The author was talking specifically about the US, and how we define "race," "class," and "difference."

If you say something enough times, it starts to be true. Perhaps we've been told for so long that our capitalistic, hierarchical society is really fair and that women and minorities are less capable, that we think they are inherently less capable, instead of simply being limited by the inequalities of the system itself.

4 comments:

(un)relaxeddad said...

That's how insidious hegemonies are!

Theo Huffman said...

Hey girl!

You certainly aren't less capable than anyone else. One more day and you'll have finished NaBloPoMo. Allow yourself to collapse over the finish line and have a Gatoraid. I'm impressed. What a display of "will", in the Anthroposophical sense.

Henitsirk said...

URD: Those words have more than two syllables, I can't deal with that right now. Oh wait, syllables has more than two...darn!

Theo: You made me laugh...my dad always uses very non-PC language just to be obnoxious, calling women "girls" in the 70s when that was a huge no-no, using rather slanderous ethnic terms, etc. (though only at home, not around other people!)

I thought of NaBloPoMo as a kind of will exercise. I realized today that I kind of liked posting every day, because it felt like working a muscle until it gets stronger ...just like writing teachers always say.

Anonymous said...

There is a whole world of "deep thought" in this world that most people do not understand or even try to understand or even think about.
We should all try to broaden our minds, spirits so that as we live out our lives,we do it in the fullest way possible.
When we do this we become wise and not just educated.
Your "deep thought" goes so far back in time that it's almost impossible to trace. It is written through out history.
We should not in Anthro thought try to become a master race(Steiner WAS influenced by the time that he lived in,as we all are)but try to live a life worth lliving that leaves a legacy of freedom to our children.

Our children need to be free in mind,spirit and body not just little adults,narrow in thought.