Privilege Praxis

April 27, 2008

Yet another blog.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — quiteneil @ 10:25 pm

Hello.  In light of BFP ending her blog, and the scandal surrounding Seal Press/appropriation of ideas, (all of which is thoroughly documented in Questioning Transphobia’s post here), as well as some discussion of white privilege in the queer community gone awry in, of all places, ravelry.com, I think that it’s time for some blogging specifically about privilege.

I am a white able-bodied middle class transguy who goes to a women’s college in the South.  I have a lot of privilege on my own, and our school has a whole realm of racism, classism, heterosexism, plain old sexism, body stuff, and other things going on behind a privileged facade of semi-liberalism.

There’s a lot to deconstruct, but that’s okay.  We’ll take it one blog post at a time.

If anyone is interested in writing with me, let me know.

ETA semantics:  Praxis is a word thrown around a lot in writing center theory/literature (I am a tutor who dabbles in WCT) about the real actions that you actually do in your center versus shit about cognitive processes and whatever.  When I looked it up on dictionary.com to make sure it’s what I wanted to talk about privilege with, I liked that it meant habitual action, things that people do every day, things that build up over time.  So I want to look at the things that built privilege over time, as well as how it built up in me over time, on top of calling stuff out.  So yeah.

-neil

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7 Comments »

  1. Hey, Neil 🙂 I’m interested in writing with you, for sure. This seems like a good place to work out stuff for (your/our) activist+theory work. And of course for (your/our/the) book, which really really needs to materialize someday …

    solvent (AKA Alex)

    Comment by solvent — April 28, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

  2. Sounds good, solvent

    Comment by quiteneil — April 28, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

  3. ooh, so glad to come across your place : )

    Comment by cripchick — July 7, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

  4. i’m glad you’re glad! you’ve got a permanent spot on my google reader!

    Comment by quiteneil — July 8, 2008 @ 12:19 am

  5. Ooh, I love writing about privilege.

    Comment by Jill — July 10, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  6. Hey there, I just ran across your blog through QueerCents. I’d be interested in posting here from time to time if you’d like more contributors. Shoot me an email and I’ll tell you about myself. Thanks!

    Comment by Megan — December 5, 2008 @ 1:30 am

    • hey megan, shoot me an email and we can talk about it more
      privilegepraxis (at) gmail (dot) com

      alejo is my cofounder and he and i will have to discuss…
      thanks.

      Comment by quiteneil — December 5, 2008 @ 2:04 pm


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