darktower117 asked: Who has more privilege? An upper class female ivy league graduate or a working class male who has to hold down two jobs and a seventy hour work week just to make ends meet?
the male, obviously
do you understand what privilege means?
I have a sneaking suspicion a lot of tumblr doesn’t understand just how heavy of a role socioeconomic class plays in people’s lives because it’s overwhelmingly full of middle class kids.
They’ve never seen people who had to work two(or more!) jobs just to survive, or people who’ve spent decades trying to crawl out of an economic hole and failing, or even just people whose parents don’t have cushy office jobs. (Not that I have either, other than that last one, but at least I’m bright enough to realize that the privilege of being a man doesn’t outweigh having to work a hellishly long week just to put food on the table)
It’s funny, because they’re doing exactly what they accuse “oppressors” of doing - they trample over real people’s experiences because they don’t really understand what that kind of life is like. Maybe they should go volunteer at a soup kitchen/food pantry/etc for a month, then talk about how a man in poverty is more privileged than a highly educated wealthy woman.
Understanding why the answer is an absurdity requires not only a deep sense of empathy, but also the information upon which that empathy can draw. Many get that from living through it, some from reading Dickens, some may have family members or may be drawing upon generational memories.
This kind of answer is exactly why the poor man who is working 70 hours a week and barely getting by looks upon some liberal ideologues with disgust and abandons the ideals that his blue collar father fought for.
By alienating these people, we have created a new kind of justification for oppression and no matter how bad one may see that justification, it retrenches the battle again and again.
This is probably the most painful bug report I’ve ever read, describing in glorious technicolor the steps leading to Knight Capital’s $465m trading loss due to a software bug that struck late last year, effectively bankrupting the company.
The tale has all the hallmarks of technical debt in a…
Why is the Nobel Prize in Literature almost always given to a novelist, never a scientist? Why should we prefer our literature to be about things that didn’t happen? Wouldn’t, say, Steven Pinker be a good candidate for the literature prize?