Just said goodbye to friends who popped up from NC for a quick visit this weekend. It was so great to see them, as always, but I’m so freaking tired. Oof.
Turns out Rivers and Tides is available on youtube in its entirety. Does anyone think my bosses would notice if I just put in my earphones and watched it? Why don’t we all enjoy a quiet hour and a half with Andy Goldsworthy and his beautiful art, as a tumblr family? The documentary really is wonderful. If you don’t watch it with me this afternoon, do watch it sometime, won’t you?
This version has the subtitles out of the way of the image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2JAV7g_gbM
I have, at long last, managed to secure lodgings for myself and two friends for the time we’re in Germany together this summer.
- Being white doesn’t automatically make you a racist.
- Being a man doesn’t automatically make you a sexist.
- Being a heterosexual doesn’t automatically make you homophobic.
- Being cisgendered doesn’t automatically make you transphobic.
- Existing as a part of the majority does not automatically make you an oppressor to the minority.
While all of this is true (I don’t know anyone who denies it), existing as a member of the majority does automatically mean that you benefit from the societal and power structures that benefit the majority as a whole, and this benefit is such a given, so automatic, so unrequested and wordlessly granted during the pantomime of equality that you are completely unaware of exactly how much privilege you’ve been given over those who are in the minority, and this does, in fact, have a tendency to make you, if not actively/consciously x-phobic, a person who is more comfortable with the status quo, more willing to overlook “little” problems to focus on “big” problems (who decides which are the problems worth addressing?), more likely to just assume that your success is the result of your own hard work and innate abilities rather than an intricate network of stations in a system designed to help you move further than members of the minority … the list goes on and on. So you may not intend to be x-phobic, you may vehemently protest the x-phobicness of society as a whole even!, but along the way you will have internalized a lot of really fucked up misinformation without even knowing it, your ego will rely on the narrative of your success involving only your personal efforts rather than acknowledging what’s going on in the wider scheme of things to allow for your success, etc. And so, yes, in fact, chances are actually pretty good that, however unintentionally it may be, you, as a member of the majority, have a whole lot of bigotry to unlearn. And unless you can admit that, and look at yourself, your opinions, etc. with pretty brutal honesty and humility, and actively try to break the habits of thought society has encouraged in you your entire life, chances are also pretty good that you’ll remain, however unintentionally, a person with a bigoted world-view.