First I'll admit to walking into this trusting Ronell, Butler, Davis, and others who have spoken out so clearly to say that the accusations should be examined critically. So that's where I begin. But that doesn't mean I think he isn't telling the truth either.
When men accuse women, II always want to talk about the fact that we pretend all claims are equal, when all claims can not be equal. I believe women. I believe others. And sexism is real. Men's, women's, nonbinary, queer voices, all carry differently in a world of unequal power.
This is the thing about centrist Democratic Party politics, and a very large number of Clinton die-hards, that everyone seemed to magically forget in 2016. It was baffling to watch for those of us who remembered. And they're still doing it...
*actually*... We eat lots of mayo in our multi-racial, half-millennial yet practical, queer, feminist, gender-studies-citing, household of gays who use computers. Just Mayo, and Vegenaise, and any other vegan mayo. On sandwiches, potato salads, in sauces for dips, and more. 🥪🌈
She writes: "Young people like my daughter somehow seem to have extrapolated this masking function from condiment to culture"
... gosh I wonder how and why people would... oh wait, maybe it's this *extremely mayonnaise* ahistorical "homogeneity" fantasy:
The idea of "respectability" re: institutions is a problem when they deviate from the behaviour that earned respect. Even worse though is when respect was never earned to begin with but invented and forced on people oppressed by those institutions until it was naturalized.
As examples consider institutions like Congress, the White House, the Democrats, the Republicans, so-called "liberal" media, local news, talking heads. The United States, Europe, the West. Bosses, whiteness, business, police, justice systems, borders. Genders, marriage, minds.
How often do we hear "respect the institution." But why? If not the person in the role, or what they're doing, or history of the institution, or it's material impact, then what are we respecting it for? Institutions like these rarely respect people, why should we respect them?
In the last 4 years I've done several long threads about the system of US detention camps, and how they were built by Bush, Obama, and Trump is now using that infrastructure. This has been going on forever, and it is as American as the genocide and slavery the US was founded on.
The public outrage about US detention camps is late but good. But it needs history. It needs to be accompanied by an understanding that this exists now because the US tells itself lies every day, myths about its purpose and founding and activities at home and around the world.
The violence of the US is the violence of a settler-colonial state, a military empire, a nation of ongoing genocide and apartheid, and a machine of inequality. It is also bi-partisan violence, the underlying structures of that violence are enabled by Democrats and Republicans.
How did we end up talking about civilizations through these ideas of "primitive" up to "advanced"? There's a lot of history behind the construction of the ideas, but I trace the current popular use of these ideas through the history of anthropology to European colonialism.
SETI has historically drawn on analogies from anthropology to explain cultural change, technological change, and first contact scenarios, however these analogies often rely on outdated theories and ideas instead of the most recent scholarship.