The cognitive dissonance caused by a society that tells its children to “follow their dreams” through messages in films, literature, etc. and then punishes them for not choosing safe, money making careers in adulthood is fascinating, to say the least.
"You can’t just change the race of cultural icons like Captain America! It’s an important part of their identity and message!"
Jesus: Ah yes.
Jesus: Can’t imagine who would do that.
Jesus: What a shame.
Right this minute, there is someone going through chemotherapy shopping at your grocery store, buying popsicles and ice cream to help their sore mouth, and worrying what the cashier is going to think.
There is someone on hemodialysis buying white bread instead of whole wheat, trying to keep their phosphorus levels reasonable between appointments and hoping for the best.
There is a person attending intensive outpatient treatment for their eating disorder who has been challenged by their therapist to buy a Frappuccino.
There are dietitians picking up a dozen different candy bars to eat with their clients, who feel ashamed and guilty about enjoying them.
There is someone who just doesn’t have it in them to cook right now, and this frozen pizza and canned soup will keep them going.
There are people recovering from chronic dieting and semi-starvation who are buying chocolate and chips at their deprived body’s insistence.
All around us are people listening to what their bodies need and attempting to make the best possible choice within a context of overwhelming food pressure. All of their choices are valid, and every single one of these foods is “real.””
a lot of people talk like capitalism is necessary to have innovation and I just think of all the brilliant and creative people I know who spend all of their time and energy worrying about how they’re going to have a roof over their heads and food to eat. capitalism doesn’t drive innovation, it stifles it and shackles it to the endlessly wasteful machinery of exploitation.
The contempt and disgust people who have never been poor have for people who ARE poor is a sign of their lack of their basic humanity. It’s hard to be poor. It’s dangerous to be poor.
Most of the people I know who say that poor people have it ‘too easy,’ couldn’t last a goddamn week being poor….
She’s right. Those who haven’t been poor, who say the poor are lazy, that jobs are just laying on the ground … they have no clue. None. I’d like to see them live in a four-room house with a coal stove for heat and an outhouse for a bathroom for—oh, let’s be nice and say a month.
Or how about the lap of luxury, a trailer.
I don’t think they could do it. Feed the kids? Gas for the car? Utility bills when you’re poor? Two, three jobs, or public assistance?
I don’t think so.
I work for the Department of Social Services, so I do things like determine eligibility for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps), and let me tell you…while there are certainly individuals who abuse the system, you would not want to trade places with a single one of my clients. yes, even the ones who abuse the system. it’s not like anyone ever gets rich off the system.
the vast majority are not lazy. they’re just trying to do the best they can while up against backbreaking odds…struggling with two or three crappy part-time jobs where entitled affluent people sneer down their noses at them while they do work for eight bucks an hour that the same entitled affluent people wouldn’t do for fifty. trying to get food on the table and keep the lights on, keep a roof over your kids’ heads…
anyone who tells me that poor people are lazy will get slapped.
Sarah Waheed notes: “One of the students in my modern South Asia history class a few years ago, was extremely upset that the book we were reading referred to the Bengal famine as a holocaust, calling the author ‘biased’. When I asked him to clarify and elaborate upon what he meant by ‘biased’, he exclaimed, inflamed, “There was only one holocaust!” The rest of the students were, however, more open to the idea of the 20th century being a century of multiple holocausts. The terms ‘holocaust’ and ‘genocide’, however, continue to elicit trauma envy.”
I first heard of British crimes like this in Mike Davis’ Late Victorian Holocausts which talks about how imperialism affected the Indian subcontinent’s food supply. The system which could feed everyone, even during hard times, was “centralized” to be “more efficient” by the British administration, leading to skyrocketing poverty and famine and a destroyed local ecology.
everyone has said and done problematic things in their lifetime. that’s a result of the society we live in, not necessarily a reflection of their character.
what is a reflection of their character is how they react to being informed of the negativity within their behavior and statements, and whether or not they choose to change their behavior.