Parrot, Andrea & Cummings, Nina. Forsaken Females: The Gobal Brutalization of Women. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006, (p. 8 - 9)
I’ve had to call my boss a few times today (snow problems, unexpected plumbing emergency!!) and I’m 99% sure she is totally trashed right now.
— Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation (via goneril-and-regan)
I have written papers on existential philosophy that is easier to bullshit which by the way is basically a class about a horny French philosopher by the name of Sartre who wanted to basically justify all the stupid shit he has done in his life.
According to a recent study conducted by a group of white male sociologists, all forms of institutionalized racism and sexism, of both the professional and personal varieties, and all other forms of race-based and sex-based oppression, just appeared one day totally out of the blue, without any discernible rhyme or reason.
"After all of our studies, it’s become clear to us that there is absolutely no cause of racism or sexism," says Michael Chadbourne, one of the white males who conducted the study. "It just suddenly materialized one day out of thin air. No one created these oppressive institutions, and what’s more, no one is upholding them."
"I’m not saying racism and sexism don’t exist, of course," Chadbourne added. "I’m simply saying that literally no one is to blame. We can’t point our fingers at anyone. No one is responsible, and no one can or should be held accountable. It’s just there, and we have no idea who’s doing it or why."
According to the study, which was published in a science magazine very popular among educated white males, “we of course looked at the common misconception that the white supremacy found in society is the fault of white people. It seems tempting to think that white people are responsible for creating institutions and social power structures that benefit white people above everyone else, while simultaneously attempting to keep people of color oppressed. However, we’ve arrived at the conclusion that white people had literally nothing to do with this. White people cannot be blamed for the prevalent white supremacy in society. It just kind of appeared out of nowhere. Who is even upholding this system, you ask? We don’t know. But definitely not white people.”
"Similarly," the study later went on to say, "men cannot, in any capacity, be blamed for the patriarchal nature of present society. Again, a person feels compelled to say men had a hand in creating a society where men and masculinity are highly valued, while women are oppressed and seemingly punished for every decision they do or do not make, among other side effects of said patriarchy. But, as with racism against people of color, men have nothing to do with sexism against women. It would be wrong for anyone to ever say men are responsible for the patriarchy. The patriarchy just magically started existing one day, and men can be held accountable for neither its existence, nor the fact that they benefit at the expense of women."
The study then concluded, “Many have attempted to change, and even dismantle, the white supremacist and patriarchal aspects of society, by seeking the root of these issues and addressing them. However, as we’ve proven, there is no root. No one is responsible for these things, and they exist completely in a vacuum, independent of anybody’s thoughts or words or actions.”
Chadbourne also commented, “Besides, pointing out that white people and men are responsible for upholding oppressive institutions is kind of bigoted, don’t you think? Saying one group of people is oppressing another group of people makes you just as bad as them, really. Even if they were oppressing you, you should still be nice to them. I mean, is fighting institutionalized oppression really worth it if it makes white men feel bad?”"
Racism, Sexism Just Kind Of Appeared Out Of Nowhere, Study Says
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