Swedish artist, Emanu, published a cartoon that perfectly illustrates white, male privilege. You can probably throw straight and cisgendered into the mix, as well.
This post isn’t really about white, male privilege. There’s plenty about it in other posts on this site, as well as the website for my MA project. Nope, this is about tracking down the artist. Continue reading “White, Male Privilege Illustrated”
I’ve been on the receiving end of mansplaining, so I have some understanding of the general dynamic, if not the specifics. Honestly, this is one of my big concerns in researching and talking about diversity. I am happy to be a translator for as much understanding as I have to those who have not come to that point. But this is no way a license to steal the voices of those who experience racism every day.
It’s true that members of an oppressed group are not under any obligation to educate their oppressors. It can be awful on so many levels when someone turns to you and expects you to be the voice of [whatever] group. Yet not being given the opportunity to explain in your own words, and having well meaning members of the privileged group try and do that for you… Wow. A toxic concoction to swallow, indeed.
Seems that in order to tackle issues of racism, one needs a combination of awareness, social skills, and a willingness to stand up. Perhaps more importantly, we need to know when to shut up. Lack of listening is, after all, part of what got us here in the first place.
- uttered clearly in distinct syllables.
- capable of speech; not speechless.
- using language easily and fluently; having facility with words: an articulate speaker.
- expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness: an articulate thought.
- made clear, distinct, and precise in relation to other parts: an articulate form; an articulate shape; an articulate area.
- (of ideas, form, etc.) having a meaningful relation to other parts: an articulate image.
- having parts or distinct areas organized into a coherent or meaningfulwhole; unified: an articulate system of philosophy.
When I have used the word “articulate” to describe someone, I’ve always meant that they can get their point across clearly and in a logically constructed manner (see 4, 5, and 7 above). Often I use it as a term of admiration for someone who has helped clarify and simplify my own thoughts on a complex subject. Through their vision, I add new language to my lexicon. Continue reading “What I Mean…”
Frequently attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, the titular words of wisdom sum up what intellectual curiosity and higher education are – or should be – all about.
Apparently the President of the United States agrees.
“The purpose of college is not just… to transmit skills. It’s also to widen your horizons, to make you a better citizen,” Obama said. “The way to do that is to create a space where a lot of ideas are presented and collide, and people are having arguments, and people are testing each other’s theories. And over time, people learn from each other because they’re getting out of their own narrow point of view, and having a broad point of view.” Continue reading ““A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for””
Started a new website about hidden disabilities. Coincidentally, ended up on the radio shortly after speaking about service dogs.
The audio recording of the call, plus a peek at the new website, can be had here:
On the Radio 2
If you have any stories of hidden disabilities you’d like me to feature on the new site (you can remain anonymous), please contact me.