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I am an avid email activist, multiplying my tabs almost every day with the fill-in forms that I intend to send as soon as I get some time between working.  

So when I got a response from Senator Coburn about the stimulus package recently, I simply had to reproduce it here and respond to it.

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Wed Dec 31, 2008 at 06:24 PM PST

Feminisms: What is Privilege?

by tryptamine

One of the main tenets of feminism, and many parallel movements, is "privilege" (such as male privilege.  Yet I've been struggling with the concept of "privilege" recently.  I understand it on an intellectual level but that is not enough for me.  Discussing it on a regular basis, as I do on my own blog (where I've also cross-posted this), seems to me to require a fuller understanding than mere understanding.  The path leading up to my ideological beliefs has always been an inseparable collusion between my heart and my head, but the concept of "privilege" is still something that I struggle to carry with me.

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My Intro to Women's Studies class is being run by a guy.

The teacher is female, and most of the class too.  It's obvious that all of them have interesting things to say.

And yet they hardly get the chance.  He is too busy questioning and mocking to let them speak much, too busy thinking up contradictions and trying to control the conversation.

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Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 05:38 PM PDT

Feminisms: Lessons From Pea

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I am often tempted to say that I wasn't a girly girl when I was a kid. But as Pea (my niece) climbs ever further into the ages that I can actually remember fairly clearly, I begin to recall details that belie my supposed tomboyishness.

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Wed Aug 06, 2008 at 09:46 PM PDT

Feminisms: Winning Converts

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So I decided pretty late tonight (as you can probably tell) that I would write a Feminisms diary.  I honestly just realized that it was even Wednesday.  And while Feminisms diaries don't have to appear on Wednesdays, I thought maybe I would, just for old time's sake.

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Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:28 PM PDT

Feminisms: Overcoming Privilege

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I’ve been thinking about privilege lately.  The impetus was my own privilege.  I (and several others) had inadvertently supported a racist statement because I didn’t recognize the racism in it.  

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This primary and this election are not about "the heart and soul of the Democratic Party".  It is about the heart and soul of America, and the future of the progressive movement.

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Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 10:46 PM PST

Reality steps in, or Finding hope

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Life has a way of reminding us of what's important.

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Per Caneel's excellent suggestion, I decided to write a completely frivolous, community-oriented, not-really-directly-political diary about our favorite subject: food.

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This isn't going to be a really deep diary, unfortunately, since I'm writing it at the very moment it's supposed to go up (and with my dinner almost done cooking).  But I wanted to make sure we got a Class and Labor diary up tonight and I was talking about this a little bit earlier today, so I thought it would be a good subject.

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Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 06:49 PM PST

The Grieving Room: Revelations

by tryptamine

When they're alive, it's gossip; when they're gone, it's reminiscing.

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Wed Jan 02, 2008 at 06:58 PM PST

Feminisms:

by tryptamine

(This'll have to be a short one tonight, since I wasn't going to post anything until an hour ago.)

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