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Kyriarchy are the structures of domination working together as a network - not just one group dominating another. Its branches include but are not limited to racism, sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism.

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Where I live the words: lesbian, gay, and bisexual are used to insult people. Or like, teenagers use them, like, for serious bullying. And i hate how it really feels insulting to be called bisexual because for crying out loud, i /am/ bisexual.

“You shouldn’t have gone alone!” In response to me telling a close male friend of mine a bad experience I had with sexual harassment during a doctors appointment.

“Are you sure you have the right room number? This is the *honors* section.”

My dad jokes with my younger sister that he remembers selling Girl Scout Cookies when he was a Girl Scout. She laughs, understanding the fact that since he’s a boy means that he could not have been a Girl Scout. Thanks, Dad. I’m a boy and a formal Girl Scout.

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2011 at 5:02am
Because social change needs to overcome social inertia.  Not much different from physical inertia in that regard!
Comment by Ian Mason on May 29, 2011 at 2:27am
Social evolution takes time.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 28, 2011 at 3:12pm
That's a little outdated now that there are few factory jobs and the masses are unemployed.
Comment by Ian Mason on May 28, 2011 at 1:54pm
Skin shades are based on economic structure: in agrarian societies where "the masses" work in the sun, being pale is a sign of wealth. In Western societies where the majority work in factories and offices, often working shift-work, having a tan is a sign of wealth. The expression "blue-blooded" comes from being pale enough that the veins could be seen through the skin.

Just a matter of applying basic Marxism.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 27, 2011 at 8:07pm
It's rampant in India. "Fair and lovely" is a skin-lightening product (meanwhile, white people want to get tanned...)
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 21, 2011 at 10:20am

We're talking about things like race, gender, which I hope you are not including in assigning value to. Sexual orientation, well we already know you place higher value on "straight".

 

The values may or may not be accurate. People pick on fat people because they make assumptions due to their appearance: they must be unhealthy, never exercise, lazy. It is healthier to be overweight and exercise than be skinny and sedentary. I know some skinny people who can't swim across a pool. I swim 25 laps. There is also a matter of something called "internal fat" which surrounds the organs and is unhealthy but it doesn't show on the outside. And there are other bad health habits that don't show so much on the outside.

 

The only time I would assign values would be in emergency situations or when it comes to diminished quality of life.

Comment by Sean Murphy on April 15, 2011 at 7:03pm
"How dare you say that it is acceptable/ok?!! I think it is hateful of you."

Accepting something is hateful? Yeah, that sounds like a troll. Or a fundie. Or both.
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on April 13, 2011 at 6:10pm
If Ayn Rand was all about the individual doing whatver the hell they wanted, and whatever the individual wanted was morally right, who is she to tell people it's wrong to be gay?
Comment by pixie on April 13, 2011 at 3:06pm

Tonya = Troll?

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on April 13, 2011 at 2:57pm

I will agree that it isn't a wonderful thing to weigh 500 pounds, to have trouble moving and other health problems, and there are few who are "proud" of being like this if any. But there is also such a thing as being overweight and still healthy. In fact it's healthier than yo-yo dieting, obsessing about weight and appearance, having eating disorders, and being thin but malnourished. If someone is overweight but can still live a basically normal and enjoyable life then they should do that instead of beating up on themselves and making themselves miserable. It's no loss for the army b/c I'd be a terrible candidate.

 

Define "natural" please. Occurs in nature? Exists in the universe? Homosexuality does those things. Or are you saying it is less natural because it doesn't "feel" natural to you? I think it's a lot more natural than messaging random people on the Internet about potential group sex, personally.

 

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