• My Thoughts on the World,  Political

    On Intersectionality & Privilege: Part 5

    The “Really Personal” (read: spiritual) As you may have read, the whole “privilege” meme kinda started from the publication of Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” (pdf link). In it she writes about her experience coming to terms with the realisation that, as a white woman, she has “advantages” that people of colour do not have. Most people read that text as a political exploration of racism. I don’t see the text as “political” so much as “personal”… A personal account of the experience of realising that some people are perceived to have less worth than her. Here’s when I go all hippie woo woo. The realisation that “some people…

  • My Thoughts on the World,  Political

    On Intersectionality & Privilege: Part 2

    Purely Political Theory I don’t like “intersectionality” as a political concept. Wait. Let me start by saying I’m a political theory junkie. Yes, I am… I admit it. “My name is Mary Tracy and I’m Political Theory Addict”. (Actually, I’m addicted to learning, and politics is particularly fun, but I’m digressing) And political theory junkie that I am I like my theories simple, powerful and full of truth. See, intersectionality is not a “theory”. It’s a mere… “statement”. People say “intersectionality means people are oppressed in different ways” and I say “cool! … And…?” Exactly. “And…?”. *crickets* It’s not that the concept is “wrong”; it’s “right”. It’s just that we…

  • My Thoughts on the World,  Political

    On Intersectionality & Privilege: Part 1

    Everyone is writing about “intersectionality” and “privilege” lately. And I have stuff to say. Actually, I have too much stuff to say, so I’m splitting this up into: Separating between the “personal” and “political”. An overview, and why “intersectionality” and “privilege” kinda suck. That’s Part 1. Purely political theory: why intersectionality is not all that useful, how we could make it so, but it still probably won’t be useful. That’s Part 2. Purely political theory: why “privilege” kinda sucks as a concept too and why “power” is much better. That’s Part 3. The Personal side of “intersectionality & privilege”. Why we have “stuff” around these concepts. That’s Part 4. The…

  • Personal,  Political,  Widdershins Essentials

    The Personal and the Political

    Widdershins is all about trying to do things differently from the way we are doing them now. And the Widdershins approach to politics, specifically, consists of separating between the “political stuff” and the “personal stuff”. And being very clear not to mix the two. I swear one day this approach will be a book. (If you’re a publisher and you’re interested, get in touch) For now, let’s see if I can explain the basics to you. What do I mean by political stuff? Oh, the usual: Feminist analysis, the Left, Marx, Environmentalism… all that jazz. And by personal stuff? I mean the stuff that’s all about *you*. You, as in,…

  • Personal,  Political

    “Who You Gonna Call?”

    So, here I was, publishing my workthrough on “Unemployment-ness” when Imo* asked me the question: “Perhaps it’s the “Unemployed” label … What would you choose to label yourself?” * That would be my imaginary friend I thought about it and replied: “Someone who is not yet capable of supporting herself but is trying to get something started?”. And he asked: “Could it be the fact that Widdershins is not supporting you yet that’s getting in the way? Could that be stopping you from loving Widdershins?” I remained silent. Or rather, I felt the urge to fight back his question, which I’ve learnt is a sure sign that he’s right. And…