Quickies: Trash Food and the Language of Classism, Childfree People, and Checking the Wrong Privilege
- Australia’s LGBT-Only Island – “Marriage equality discrimination led a group of Australian activists to set their rainbow flag on Cato Island. This ‘homeland’ even has a Gloria Gaynor anthem.”
- Trash Food – “The term ‘white trash’ is an epithet of bigotry that equates human worth with garbage. It implies a dismissal of the group as stupid, violent, lazy, and untrustworthy—the same negative descriptors of racial minorities, of anyone outside of the mainstream. At every stage of American history, various groups of people have endured such personal attacks. Language is used as a weapon: divisive, cruel, enciphered. Today is no different. For example, here in Mississippi, the term ‘Democrats’ is code for ‘African Americans.’ Throughout the U.S.A., ‘family values’ is code for ‘no homosexuals.’ The term ‘trash food’ is not about food, it’s coded language for social class. It’s about poor people and what they can afford to eat.”
- Wordless Ads Speak Volumes In ‘Unbranded’ Images Of Women – An artist, Hank Willis Thomas, takes ads and strips away the text to examine the pictures and what they say about society. He has done this before with African-Americans in advertising, and now he’s repeating that project and the focus is women.
- Why Women Aren’t Having Children – “As detailed in essays by 16 different writers, both male and female: because they don’t want to, and because not wanting to is perfectly reasonable.”
- We’re Checking the Wrong “Privilege” – “In other words, checking everyone’s privilege at Harvard won’t somehow increase the economic diversity of its students. Only real policies, not hand-wringing workshops, can accomplish that. It’s time the conversation about privilege shifted accordingly.”