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Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Privilege: I can see her point of view. I get accused of being privileged sometimes by people who disagree with me, as though that in itself would be a crime. (For the record, dirt poor violent farming family, English grammar school, engineering degree, well-paid software person.) I wasn’t privileged by English standards. On the other hand I am aware that many people have it much worse than I did. But it’s not my fault, dammit.
    I had the protestant work ethic knocked into me as a kid, and a fair amount of wishing to repay my good fortune, so I do; [list of good works].
    It’s not what you’ve got (or been given), it’s what you do with it. It’s no matter whether you were born with a silver or plastic spoon or no spoon at all, it matters whether you leave the world a better place than you found it.
    If your own form of privilege involves a lot of material goods, then you have more options to be worthy of them. As someone said, we all have the choice between Bill Gates and Paris Hilton, just on a smaller scale.

  2. I know sites like Queerty have been very optimistic and enthusiastic about Pope Frank, but I think Kaoru’s article from July nails it. “Let’s focus on other things, too” doesn’t mean, “hey, I’m ending all this horrible shit,” it means, “let’s not talk about all this horrible shit I spearhead, we have other things we’re doing, some of which is, this may be a shock, even more horrible shit.”

  3. Dear poor people. Recently, I’ve noticed this feeling in the pit of my stomach every time something happens that makes it apparent how much more wealthy I am.

    Sure, nobody has done anything. Nor have they said as much as a single unkind word. I do think my doorman gave me a few dirty looks though. Nevertheless I am certain that you are all judging me.

    I haven’t been doing anything differently so it’s clearly not my fault. You guys must be doing something to make me feel this way. I don’t care what it is, or how you do it, just fix it.

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