… if I had the brainspace.
Hey Harpies! Here are a handful of posts that have come across in the past week that seem, to me, to engage some important themes around social privilege, economic striving, the constitution of modern neoliberal citizen-workers, and what left-leaning social justice activism (e.g. feminism, queer rights) might have to say to the mainstream notion of self and success.
But somehow I haven’t been able to muster the language to write more incisively about it, so … here are the posts as food for thought. Have at it in comments as you so desire.
I do not aspire to power. I do aspire to do well and to do good but I am somewhat ambivalent about power. That is a result of my upbringing but it is also a result of the many small decisions I have made during my emotional and intellectual development about who I am in relation to power. I will also admit that is greatly shaped by social processes that limit the potential of my access to power. Whether I am accepting those limitations or asserting my own agency is unclear but either way I know that fat, black, southern bodies that went to low-status schools and come from rural, formerly enslaved people have limited avenues into power. Slaughter makes an odd aside to the narrative of “having it all” that includes one needing to be skinny to be boot. It’s an aside for her but a real structural barrier for me. The difference is illustrative.
As I said in comments at Racialicious: