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IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 2 (Summer 2018) - Privilege -
The institutional desideratum—the political antipode to hated “privilege”—is no longer equality, but diversity. This greatly eases the contradiction Furet identified, shielding the system from democratic pressure. It also protects the self-conception of our meritocrats as agents of historical progress. As was the case with the Soviet nomenklatura, and the leading Jacobins as well, it is precisely our elite that searches out instances of lingering privilege, now understood as obstacles to fulfillment of the moral imperative of diversity. Under this dispensation, the figure of the “straight white male” (abstracted from class distinctions) has been made to do a lot of symbolic work, the heavy lifting of legitimation (in his own hapless way, as sacrificial goat). We eventually reached a point where this was more weight than our electoral system could take, as the election of 2016 revealed. Whether one regards that event as a catastrophe or as a rupture that promises the possibility of glasnost, its immediate effect has been panic in every precinct where the new class accommodations have been functioning smoothly, and a doubling down on the moralizing that previously secured them against popular anger. We’ll see how that goes.

The term shibboleth is interesting. Its definitions include “a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons” and “a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth.” It is a random Hebrew word that acquired its present meaning when it was used by the Gileadites as a test to identify members of an enemy tribe, the Ephraimites, as they attempted to flee across the Jordan River. Ephraimites could not pronounce the sound sh (Judges 12:4–6). I think it is fair to say that one’s ability to pronounce the word diversity with a straight face, indeed with sincerity made scrupulously evident, serves as a shibboleth in this original sense. It answers the question of whether one wants to continue as a member in good standing of those institutions that secure one’s position in the upper middle class.
culturewars  race  sexism 
3 hours ago by ayjay
Electronic Dance Music is not for rebels – it’s for tyrants and drones | The Spectator
Stop the presses! Conservative magazine hates the beep boop!

There's a bit of juice here that shouldn't be ignored, however:
The corrupting influence of money.
Requirement of drugs to enjoy the scene. (aka "making a good time of the terrible time you're really having.")
Emphasis of dj-as-celebrity and not music and scene culture.

Most of these have been cited by Ishkur as toxic influences in EDM 15+ years ago.
I think it's strange that only now other people are noticing.
Perhaps it takes people dying for people to notice.
djing  edm  dance  sad  music  scenes  feminism  sexism  cynicism  marketing  drugs  ishkur 
yesterday by po
Brett Kavanaugh assault allegation: The locker room is now the bedroom.
Excellent, excellent summary of how sexist old white men are outing themselves with their arguments: they're not even denying Kavanaugh's assault, they're saying it's OK it happened. She ties it in to the #metoo redemption pushes bullshit as well. Really brilliant.
politics  supremecourt  sexism  assault  feminism  metoo 
yesterday by emmacarlson
Verizon Quits ALEC After Group Hands Microphone to Right-Wing Provocateur David Horowitz ·
Verizon has quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate funded alliance between big business and Republican state lawmakers, after right-wing activist David Horowitz used a guest appearance at the 45th ALEC Annual Meeting in New Orleans to launch into a tirade against opponents of President Donald Trump, claiming Democrats are socialists bent on attacking traditional American values.
To rousing applause from many of the 1,500 legislators and lobbyists in attendance, Horowitz used two speeches to attack the LGBTQ community, people of color, public education, feminism, gender equality, and the rights of women to seek independent access to reproductive healthcare.
Specifically, Horowitz claimed public schools are “indoctrination and recruitment centers for the Democratic party and its socialist left” and that “school curricula had been turned over to racist organizations like Black Lives Matter and terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood.” On a later panel, Horowitz told the audience Trump had not gone far enough attacking his enemies, and defended the president’s remarks calling a woman “a pig.” Those who disagreed were called “communists” by Horowitz. He also argued the United States could only have been founded by Protestant Christians.
business  conference  racism  sexism  hate  politics  GOP  stop_the_cap 
yesterday by rgl7194
Kafkatrapping | Armed and Dangerous
“Your refusal to acknowledge that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…} confirms that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…}."
culture  debate  logic  language  racism  sexism  politics  zeitgeist  fallacies 
2 days ago by yankeh
How To Kill Your Tech Industry
In World War II, Britain invented the electronic computer. By the 1970s, its computing industry had collapsed—thanks to a labor shortage produced by sexism.
feminism  computing  computers  history  sexism 
3 days ago by yhancik
Why 95.8% of Female Newscasters Have the Same Hair
But when she was out chasing stories in the college town, people kept mistaking her for a student. She went to her news director for advice, and his response had nothing to do with developing her fledgling reporting skills. “He was like, ‘You have to cut your hair to look older,’” she recalled.

Kamady Rudd, now an anchor at ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recalls being asked during multiple job interviews whether she’d cut her hair into something that more closely resembled an anchor bob (her current station didn’t make such a request). Consultants have told her to tease her roots to add body. “It’s one cut for everyone,” she says. “They want you to be trendy, but not too trendy. They want you to look nice, but not too nice. It has to be on this really fine line.”
sexism  journalism 
4 days ago by campylobacter

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