Jun. 3rd, 2013

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So infamous former Conservative MP Louise Mensch wrote a reasonably ignorant article against asking people to check their privilege. The left-leaning internet, lead by Laurie Penny, got very impatient with Mensch. I don't particularly care about Mensch versus Penny; Penny unquestionably has the sharper mind and is far more politically astute and media-savvy, but that's like pointing out that Bach was a better musician than Justin Bieber. I'm more interested in the essence of the debate, about whether the idea of privilege and checking one's privilege is useful to feminism.

I'm more on the fence than you might imagine )

There may not be any way to fix this, I know. But I am not yet convinced that the privilege framing has enough benefits to outweigh this downside, even though I don't really have any better suggestions.

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