• Live under the New Rules

    This Russell Brand Revolution

    Russell Brand has come out in favour of a Revolution. And the world seems to be paying attention. Mostly because it’s Russell Brand. I want to explain what Brand means when he talks about this “revolution of consciousness” because he’s being a bit naughty (ha!) and not telling you anything about how to get there. This “revolution of consciousness”? You get it through spiritual practice The whole “Working with your Stuff” process? Owning your emotions and your dramas and working with them? Leads you to the new consciousness. Yoga, mindfulness, meditation… all lead you to the new consciousness. Brand says that the “revolution of consciousness is a decision” and “decisions…

  • My Thoughts on the World

    On Intersectionality & Privilege: BONUS!

    So. I was at the pub last night… Wait. I have never started anything with that line. I have to make the most of it. I was at the pub last night, not drinking, and getting frustrated because the kitchen had closed and mama wanted curly fries. And by “mama” I mean ME, of course. Even though I’m not a mother. Nevermind… The guy at the bar offered me “crisps” instead. And I gave him a look that said “do I LOOK like the kind of person who will settle for crisps when she wants curly fries?”. I’m digressing here… So, I was the pub last night not drinking and…

  • 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

    On Intersectionality & Privilege: Part 4

    The Personal side of “intersectionality & privilege”: The “stuff” aspect We all have “stuff” with regards to intersectionality and privilege. Because we are all… trying to “get somewhere” in life and seeing how difficult and near impossible it is. The people who know about intersectionality and privilege, and who go on about them, are the people who, for whatever reason, want to be “somewhere cool up there” but aren’t there yet, and feel the reason is that they don’t look like those people “up there”. Which reminds me… why do we have the concept of “privilege”, if it doesn’t help us change the world? Oh, right… The reason why we…