Hierarchy of oppression acceptance

I was reading a post about anti-oppression on Kevin’s blog, Slant Truth which led me to me to this post. The link trail then led me to Reclusive Leftist and a post about “the difference between sexism and racism.

According to Violet, the blogger at RL, sexism is more acceptable in the world than racism. Shannon from Egotistical Whining challenged Violet’s opinion. Shannon commented that Violet should do a self-awareness check of her white privilege. Violet deemed it necessary to completely tear Shannon down, as well as anyone else who disagreed with her central argument that sexism is more accepted than racism. Black Amazon, Blackademic, Bint Alshamsa, Ampersand, Thin Black Duke, Belledame222, The Angry Black Woman, Bitch | Lab, and more have posted either in posts or comments about the racism that is present in Violet’s original post.

As I read Violet’s original post and subsequent comments, the mantra “there is no hierarchy of oppressions or of oppression acceptance” kept floating through my head.

How can a white woman (or any white person for that matter) say that racism is less accepted than sexim? How would she know? And then to have the nerve to say that it’s a fact!

Suzanne Pharr’s “Common Elements of Oppressions” should be required reading for all white folks.

  • Yes, I get tired of the “trumps” business as well. Even if it is meant to be more nuanced than that. Why bother? Why even the need to make such pronouncements? Seriously, why? Is this some sort of demented contest or something? “How Low Can You Go?” oh, i don’t know.

  • I am so glad I found this.

    I’ve been doing a project on privilege and blogs for a talk I’m giving at a conference in October–specifically, on how ableism is reflected in the world of mommy blogs. Mostly I’ve found that moms whose children are physically different in some way have blogs with lower traffic than women whose children are physically normal/average. (I chose this angle b/c it’s a conference about motherhood, it’s a panel about blogging, and my daughter has an undiagnosed form of dwarfism.)

    I’ve been blogging about my research, and while I expected some defensiveness, I absolutely did not expect the level of attack I’ve seen so far from people who take affront to the very idea that privilege and “isms” are present on the momosphere in any way, or if they are, could possibly be considered important by anyone. It’s been unreal.

    I am so glad to see I’m not the only person who’s experienced this dynamic.

  • Thanks, Andrea, interesting; i don’t know much about the momosphere at all–lot of moms on my ‘roll, but i think they tend to be outside the “mommybloggers” sphere (single moms, lgbt moms, nontradtional family moms, poor moms). i’ll be interested to see what you come up with.