Twilight: Appropriating Victims' Experiences
This is serious priority inversion, and it happens all the time in real life and in literature, and it irks me so very much. I have to assume it's a symptom of Privilege; when everything in your entire life has been framed in terms of how you -- Privileged White Male Vampire -- feel, then of course a traumatic experience that happened to someone else should immediately (and only!) be framed in terms of how the Privileged White Male Vampire in the room feels about things! It's just the natural order of things, right? Privileged White Male Vampire feelings come first.
Deconstruction: The Patriarchy Hurts Women, Too
We live in a harmful Patriarchal society where women are frequently judged, insulted, and slandered not by their words or their positions or by their beliefs, but by their gender and sexuality. The intent is to de-personify women who commit the crime of being public figures, who work publicly for political and social change.
Deconstruction: When We Like Problematic Art
Artistic analysis isn't about finding The Answer. It's not about making a list of Good Art and Bad Art and then having everyone realign their tastes to match. It's not about coming to an agreement. It's about experiencing different viewpoints and understanding why other people think differently from you
(Trigger Warning: discussion of rape, rape culture)
Twilight: When Rape Plays Matchmaker
And this is the seduction of victim-blaming, the idea that sensible people can agree that Bad Things just happen, like the tides or tsunamis, and there's nothing we can do about them except insist that the potential victims of Bad Things police their every little movement and action in an attempt to avoid the unstoppable Bad Thing.
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See also: D.C. Suburb Tops List of Most "Well-Read" U.S. Cities (Slate.com)
(Trigger Warning: Frank description of conditions in prisons and the difficulties of gender reassignment)
She said she knows she can lessen the pain of others by showing how she confronted her own pain and fears.
“God made me who I am because I have a mission to educate people. To help people behind me, following in my footsteps.” From Andre to Andrea: Don Jail guard thrives on job after sex change, The Toronto Star, May 15 2012.
Things you can do
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