Sotomayor

All this whining about how being a Latina — and saying outright that she draws on that experience — prevents her from being properly objective is driving me bonkers.

I’m sure that white people and male people are so perfect that they never draw on their white and male experiences in order to understand the world and ethics and law. Being white and male means you’re objective, of course.

That was sarcasm. IT IS NOT TRUE, PEOPLE. Treating white and male as the default mode of being and all deviations from that as… well, deviations, is factually incorrect. The white male experience is no more default and no more inherently objective than any other human experience. And thinking critically about how your experience as a white man is affected by living in a society that favors certain groups over others would not be particularly less objective than ignoring those social effects and pretending they don’t exist while still experiencing them. Likewise, thinking critically about how your experience as a person of color and as a woman are affected by living in a society that favors certain groups over others is not less “objective” than ignoring those effects. The assumption actually seems to be that paying attention to those things is “subjective” entirely because it makes the favored group uncomfortable. Seriously? No one is required to make sure you are comfortable. I see that you don’t want to have to think about those favors you are receiving — I mean, it’s not like you asked for them, so you aren’t bad people!!! Dudes, someone else having it unfairly hard is not about you. For a second, I know it’s tough, but something is not about you. Shut up.

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  1. You know, I just checked in my RSS… your blog comes in from from a personal subscription, not from Chris’ “AllGeo” feed. I should see if I can pester him to add Volcanista to the aggregate. My blog isn’t in that group either, but I think there are good reasons for that. While this post is political, most are geology-oriented, and I’m not sure why AllGeo hasn’t picked you up.

  2. To be fair, I wouldn’t say “most.” A lot of my posts are non-geologic and are about news, politics, and social justice issues. But I thought I was on the geo feed, actually!

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