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Kyriarchy are the structures of domination working together as a network - not just one group dominating another. Its branches include but are not limited to racism, sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism.

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Gender, prejudice, aggression, evolution

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by The Nerd Jan 25, 2012. 1 Reply

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When I asked for a promotion my colleagues assert that the graduate students are “afraid of...

When I asked for a promotion my colleagues assert that the graduate students are “afraid of me.” This is not reflected in my teaching reviews or conversations with the many great graduate students in the department. It is enough for them to just say this, with no evidence, to deny promotion. They are straight and white. I am not. 

"I don’t like short hair on girls."

“I don’t like short hair on girls.”

- Random older men to me, a woman, when I got an undercut for the first time. In a tone of voice that suggests they think their word is law.

Enjoying a family reunion with my husbands family.  I am the only one ethnically different -...

Enjoying a family reunion with my husbands family.  I am the only one ethnically different - Hispanic.  I received a bug bite on my cheek with a significant swelling and redness. My sister-in-law of Swedish decent says, “I’m surprised someone like you with such dark skin is so sensitive.  I didn’t think dark skin was as sensitive as light skin.”

While working in groups at school, one of my group members says something along the lines of...

While working in groups at school, one of my group members says something along the lines of “Boys are smarter than girls. It’s true.” I tell him that’s sexist, and he says to me “Well you’re sexist!"I am an incredibly bright teenage girl talking to a boy of the same age who is definitely not what you would call a good student.It made me feel oppressed, like no matter what I did people would just ignore it and look down on me.

A coworker complained to my supervisor after I referred to myself as a dyke (my language of choice...

A coworker complained to my supervisor after I referred to myself as a dyke (my language of choice for my orientation) in the lunch room. I was told that this is unprofessional language by my supervisor.

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Comment by Susan Stanko on July 5, 2011 at 6:28pm
I have an account with them for comments.
Comment by Susan Stanko on June 17, 2011 at 11:14am
I can assure you John that somebody somewhere will call you a woman-blaming misogynist.  Usually, by people who have no clue what misogyny actually is.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 16, 2011 at 12:17pm

Younger children have often copied what they think older children do. There are enough horror stories in the media about eating disorders to stimulate copy-cat behaviour.

 

The more stable lifestyle suggested may help in combating the development of more serious problems for many, in the spirit of "a stitch in time saves nine", mostly because parents get more involved in their childrens' well-being thus helping them to a reasonable sense of self-worth.

 

Does any of that make sense to you? I'm not playing down the problem. My daughter had a brush with anorexia some years ago and it frightened the shit out of me. I just feel that careful, considered steps work better than a media panic.

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on June 10, 2011 at 8:48am
I'm gonna go with the dictionary. I see the point about institutionalization, but for individual people this is kind of abstract. It doesn't make any difference in the example of a white kid getting bullied by minorities, because bullying is just as harmful regardless of race. Worse, I could see the bullies thinking the "I can't be racist" idea gives them a free pass.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 10, 2011 at 7:20am

Oxford dictionary: Racist: 1) The belief that each race has certain qualities or abilities, giving rise to the belief that certain races are better than others. 2) discrimination or hostility towards other races.

"Race is a cultural concept, not a scientific one". Gil Grissom.

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on June 9, 2011 at 9:38pm
What happened to the posting on the wall about how minorities are not capable of racism? I thought that would be a good discussion.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2011 at 5:02am
Because social change needs to overcome social inertia.  Not much different from physical inertia in that regard!
Comment by Ian Mason on May 29, 2011 at 2:27am
Social evolution takes time.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 28, 2011 at 3:12pm
That's a little outdated now that there are few factory jobs and the masses are unemployed.
Comment by Ian Mason on May 28, 2011 at 1:54pm
Skin shades are based on economic structure: in agrarian societies where "the masses" work in the sun, being pale is a sign of wealth. In Western societies where the majority work in factories and offices, often working shift-work, having a tan is a sign of wealth. The expression "blue-blooded" comes from being pale enough that the veins could be seen through the skin.

Just a matter of applying basic Marxism.
 

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