To demonstrate that gender privilege and oppression exist, we don’t have to show that men are villains, that women are good-hearted victims, that women don’t participate in their own oppression, or that men never oppose it. If a society is oppressive, then people who grow up and live in it will tend to accept, identify with, and participate in it as “normal” and unremarkable life. That’s the path of least resistance in any system.
Evil requires only that good people do nothing.
— Allan G. Johnson / Patriarchy, the System (1997)
Anonymous asked: What are your feelings about technology taking over the lives of people? I'm sure you rely on it because of all the traveling you do, but do you think our society is doomed because there is no face to face contact anymore?
I was born in the year 1990 which means that throughout the course of my life thus far, I’ve seen the rise of the world wide web, America Online, AIM, cellphones becoming widely available, the Sidekick phone, myspace, facebook, iphones etc. It seems to me that with each technological advance, human communication is distilled further and further down to the need for “immediate gratification” whether that be in the form of a like, comment, Email, note, or tweet etc. The fact of the matter is, that is not how communication works in person. When you have a real life human interaction, there is small talk and environmental factors at play and its much more complex than “ily marry me ftw.” I think a huge chunk of the population (especially those born after 1996 or so) are falling into a trap of being desensitized by the immediate gratification that comes from the speed and ease of communication through technology.
Every summer I am a volunteer camp counselor. For the past two summers I have noticed a sharp decline in the communicative abilities of teenagers in the 14/15/16/17 year age range. In past years, when we would have end of the day discussions about life and struggles and joys, I found the kids to be very vocal and enthusiastic but in recent years its been a lot of silence and me having to tell kids to put their phones away.
I am not innocent either. I spend more than half the year constantly moving from place to place and am usually struggling to keep up with friends and peers through the use of a phone and sometimes I think my social abilities suffer from it. I try to spend at least an hour a day where I put my phone in the corner of my room and I go outside and read an actual book (not a kindle)
I dont know if society is doomed, but I do fear that situations like laying out in a park with your friends and just talking about everything and nothing without a piece of machinery involved are a thing of the past.
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Late nights and all night
drives OC marathons, are the reason why I’m alive.
You wouldn’t think something like gender identity, would complicate something like asking for some company.
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Whoa cool! Just realized the Fred Meyer policy handbook now says “gender identity” everywhere it used to say “gender.”