Saturday, October 3, 2015

People like Us:

Watching the clips and playing the games on the site "People like us" was sometimes interesting and some time painful. The measures of class like the way one looks and dresses and/or what some one decides to buy or can afford to buy draw reactions from peers. I understand that it's common to see people at similar levels  of income buy things within a their budget. I am also ok with having some degree of assumption that what a person's house or dress looks like can be used to measure their economica/social or whatever status, but that is just an assumption, not a class. I am ok with an assumption, but believing something and forming an opinion about someone without empirical evidence is ignorant. I think we can all be ignorant at times, but like the site People Like US
I believe it is important to have some perspective on what we are doing, and make progress towards having more discernment. The Crabtree family is a powerful example of how a matriarchal family is put down by her community in a society were wealth is the determinant of how a mother is treated. It becomes a feminist issue when a mother is walking to work to provide for herself and her family gets called trailer trash by a passerby. It is an issue of wealth inequality when she struggles so hard earn a living wage in the most abundant country on earth but we have billionaires paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries and many corporations not paying taxes at all. Combine both issues together and we have a society that treats women harshly financial and emotionally. Are we so morally and spiritually bankrupt that we have become unresponsive to our need for healthy and happy working mothers? As a feminist I feel I need to do something about this issue, even if it is just caring till I can think of something more.

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