psarah (psarah) wrote,

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first random derogatory comment ever!

I feel special... someone decided that they hated me solely based on my livejournal! Someone who, as Meena suggested, may or may not be British! hahaha!

Anyway, I always wondered if people really do go around looking at random people's stuff on livejournal and commenting on it, and apparently they do. And based on either just my last entry, or my collective entries, some person decided I am snobby and should be "sterlised" hahaha....

I guess some people put their posts as friends only when things like that happen, but I think I will have to just keep it public and see if I get more exciting comments about what is wrong with me.

I mean, I definitely could be a little less self-centered on this thing. Unlike other people I know, I don't usually post interesting academic/social justice/whatnot links.

I actually have been having an interesting debate with people in my classes about internalized sexism and racism and character attacks in relation to the hype over Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama as presidential candidates. It makes me sad when even some of the social-work-liberal-deconstructing-stereotypes women I know say that our country just isn't ready for a woman as president or that Hilary couldn't handle Iraq. I think the real problem is the way that strong women are demonized in the media and the way the whole Clinton marriage has been ridiculously dissected in the public sphere.

Then there's the whole issue of "Is Barack Black Enough?" I think that was even the headline of some article I read. Or "Is Barak a Terrorist?" Race is going to be used in all different ways in this campaign. A woman I was talking to thinks that it is easier for a black male to shed the stereotypes associated with black people than for a woman to shed the more deeply accepted stereotypes about women. And I don't know if that's true or not, but it's interesting to think about. To what extent are stereotypes of women and racial minorities backed up by "biological" evidence and to what extent are they socially constructed? In all my classes, we talk about how there is no hierarchy of oppression... and the point is not to claim that one group is so much more oppressed than others, but it is interesting to think about how representatives of different groups are treated in this context.

Personally, I think they should be running mates. That would be the shit.

Again, thanks for all the comments, the complimentary and derogatory ones. Makes it interesting.
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