Holy fucksticks, I’m sick of people whining about “political correctness,” as if it’s making their lives unlivable.
We have two choices: We can make life more comfortable for marginalized groups, or we can make it more comfortable for the privileged.
When we focus on the privileged, we are saying “fuck you” to the oppressed – after all, what’s more important is that people be “allowed” to say oppressive things, rather than that people have even a small part of their lives where they don’t feel constantly oppressed and discriminated against.
When we focus on the marginalized, we inevitably make some privileged people uncomfortable. That’s just what happens. Some people just can’t handle the social pressure that comes with creating safe spaces for marginalized groups. They call it “censorship.”
I’m not big on dichotomies, but in this case, it is real. We either focus on one or the other. So what will it be? Upholding the status quo and allowing privileged people to keep their power over others? Or giving voices to the voiceless, to those who are frequently ignored or spoken over?
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~ by owlcat on 12 February, 2013.