Saturday, April 04, 2009

Beautiful quote from the Rae years by Lilith Finkler from Candian Woman Studies

Can you guess who her populations is, and why she was not given full academic rights at this conference even thought she was qualified academically but because she belonged to the subject population she was treated differently?
The politics of appropriation are such that a privileged few manage to determine subjects of study and gain recognition as "experts" on a community outside their own. This process becomes particularly insidious when so - called "progressive" individuals claim to be allies of an oppressed group and in so doing, constantly speak on their behalf. This disempowers the people directly affected by a particular experience, since they have less "credibility" and less access to privilege.
Finkler, Lilith. Canadian Woman Studies. Downsview: Summer 1993. Vol. 13, Iss. 4; pg. 72.

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