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Things I Can't Believe I Said #1523

So why are so many fems doing the mansplainin'?

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asakiyume
Oct. 13th, 2012 08:59 am (UTC)
Context?

barry_king
Oct. 13th, 2012 09:45 am (UTC)
No, wait. Let me rewrite that. It's been a year of listening for me, both vicariously and in the flesh, and I'm getting really tired of condescension and hypocrisy from people who should know better. I see a lot of anger about privilege from privileged people and a lot of racism from anti-racist folk, and a lot of gender bias among the gender-equality folk. And that's just the liberals.

[The conservatives... well, generally, there is no argument against them that they haven't inadvertently voiced themselves, but critiquing THEM is like beating a dead horse in the social circles I frequent, so consider it said already]

I think it's this damn election. It's turning everyone into a self-rightious twit who feels that the world might end if it doesn't get a chance to hear his or her opinion. Generally about things they have not experienced themselves. Like displacement, or poverty, sure. But also things like the nature of reality, the boundaries of experience, and the breakdown of social contexts. All the while pointedly ignoring their own involvement in the same processes and positions.

But deeper than the election, it's the ready availability of information, but the general lack of knowledge on how to assess that information. Clever opinions are easy to garner, but are less and less based on logic and relevance.

It seems that in recent history, people have learned to know, but have forgotten how to think.

There. Spleen vented for now. Back to your regular programming.....

Edited at 2012-10-13 02:09 pm (UTC)
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
it's the ready availability of information, but the general lack of knowledge on how to assess that information

This is an interesting point.

And yes, I've seen the same thing in terms of privilege, racism, etc. I saw one person castigated at one point, and when I went and looked at that person's blog, etc., I found a person who had actually worked with real refugees, y'know, doing real stuff. The person apparently had unenlightened views (by some measures) in other areas of life, but this was a person who was actually working, on the ground, helping actual people who were actually fleeing from oppression. But apparently it was more important to criticize this person's (perceived) failings than consider the good work they'd done.

Funny thing was, I wouldn't have ever heard of this person if someone hadn't gone to the trouble to criticize them and warn others away from them.
barry_king
Oct. 14th, 2012 08:34 am (UTC)
I've been stewing in this thought for a while now, as you know. I think I need to work on it some more. But you just put your finger on just what the carrion crows of my mind have been circling around, to wit the relevance of action and the irrelevance of talk.

One reason, I think, that the irrationality of evangelical fundamentalism/bible literalism is gaining such ground against all the evidence of science is that its supporters actually meet, physically in churches, on a regular basis. If there were still workers' party meetings with that sort of attendance, the liberal left would not be so dead.

But we do talk a lot about politics. How we do love our own voices.

I realize I haven't actually told you at some point how much I admire you for doing your jail rounds. It's that sort of thing that matters. Kudos.
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
I realize I haven't . . .

Thanks--and you know how much I admire what *you* do.
barry_king
Oct. 14th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Nah, that's other people. I just make their bytes flow...
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
THE BYTES MUST FLOW!

(sorry, I couldn't resist)

barry_king
Oct. 14th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
It is by FOSS alone I set the bytes in motion
It is by SATA-3 that the bytes acquire speed,
The stream fails the CRC,
The syslog throws a WARNing

It is by FOSS alone I set the bytes in motion....
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
You win the Internets tonight!
barry_king
Oct. 14th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Ha! Did I ever send you a copy of "Green-Queen Wins the Internet?"
asakiyume
Oct. 15th, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
You have not! Please send!
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