just to land on your coast
I love how people have turned the idea of not being a racist, ableist, sexist, trans*phobic, queerphobic fucknut into the phrase “political correctness”.
Because it’s much easier to say “I don’t like all this PC stuff” than it is to say “I actually like my position at the top of the hierarchy and though I know that I’m only here because many people suffer every day, I don’t plan on changing it, because this is waaaay too comfortable.”
"political-correctness" is its own term that has very little to do with what’s morally correct and very much to do with what’s societally constructed to be so. for instance, much ableist rhetoric is technically PC because it is structured into our government policies, our insurance policies, our education policies, and our media. it is still incredibly harmful, but it is part of our everyday life - it’s not considered an active insult - and so it is POLITICALLY correct.
"Many white women have said to me, ‘We wanted black women and non-white women to join the movement,’ totally unaware of their perception that they somehow ‘own’ the movement, that they are the ‘hosts’ inviting us as ‘guests.’"
bell hooks, “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” (via straightbacksnohangtime)