Posts Tagged ‘realism


Expectations and Joint Ventures

The last week has been interesting. What I have learned from it, however is that there is a level of expectation as to how people behave (both positively and negatively). There was an expectation on the part of one Fletcher Armstrong


Passive Resistance and Social Change

“Some of the most celebrated social struggle victories of the 20th century are attributed to the great pacifists of our time, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. This constitutes a historical whitewash, as these “victories” were achieved when the state weighed its options and chose the lesser of two evils: the pacifists. In this segment Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, Aric Mcbay, Harjap Grewal, Gord Hill and Peter Gelderlus deconstruct the Gandhi myth and show us why militant action plays an important in movements of resistance.”~From the film makers

After viewing and then tossing in some thought, this is what I’ve got…The key word here is resistance. While protesting orderly has its place in raising awareness, it is not the agent of change. Pacificity, on the other hand, does not mean compliance. One can be effectively passive, yet still annoy the shit out of the powers that be. Sitting in mass numbers and refusing to leave, for example. Standing in front of the whitehouse with qoutes from the president that make him look REALLY bad is another. While I appreciate their comparisons in both India and the Civil Rights Movement, they neglected to introduce pacifists who brought change without participating in ANY violence. Victimized by it yes, but giving it back, no. The Women’s Suffrage Movement is the ideal example here. Those who are most often credited (Susan B. Anthony) with bringing women the vote in the US were those same that were mentioned as being conservatives within the movement. Alice Paul and Anna Howard Shaw, on the otherhand, are lesser known but were certainly crucial to the vote. It was the latter two that, through passive resistance (if not some level of passive aggression) forced Wilson’s hand.See More


First “real” post.

I use the quotation marks because I have this strange idea that very little in our world is “real”.  By real I mean tangible.  Of course trees, chairs, and people themselves are real, but the vast majority of the things that we worry about as people are not.  I worry often about money and time, for example.  Money has no real value whatsoever, nor does time.  We as social beings attach a value to both of these, despite their lack of “realism” (By the way, I will likely be relating a great deal about isms.  You have been warned).

I covered the reason for my creation of this blog in the first blurb.  Feminism is something that is very important to me.  The ufortunate reailty though, is that many people tend to view feminism as a bad thing.  To be a feminist is not a bad thing.  I see so many young women who do not realize their own worth when seperated from that of a relationship (and older women too, for that matter).  What is wrong with any person, any woman, understanding that she has as much value as anything “real”, that she has contributions to humanity?

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