SJWs have just discovered something no one knew before, namely that sexual discrimination affects a black woman differently than it does a white woman, and racial discrimination affects a black man differently than it does a black woman. Now whodathunkit?

But the insight doesn’t stop there. Now let sex and race be intersected in turn by ethnicity, religion, political persuasion, sexual orientation, gender identity, sizeism, lookism, rural or urban, right or left-handedness … And why stop at bivalence? Where you sit on the social pecking order, and how you’re treated there, depends not only on how fat you are, but on how how fat you are. Now whodathunkit?

Each of us is a collection of a nigh-infinite set of properties. And the social sciences are tasked with picking out those regularities that are relevant for prediction and control. Just how fine-grained do we need our social sciences to be? As fine-grained as required for that prediction and control. If you’re a hundred pounds overweight you’ll be disadvantaged on the dating market. But if you’re five hundred pounds overweight you can’t be accommodated in a single airplane seat. Now whodathunkit?

This is how a banality can be turned into a best-seller. Marketers know the hoi polloi don’t bother to think before they buy. So all they have to do is dress it up as something new, deep, and insightful. 

Well then, my turn. Sometimes freedom is more of a burden than a blessing. I think I should write a book about that. Jean Paul Sartre already did, you say? Damn those Continental philosophers!   

Categories: Everything You Wanted to Know About What's Going On in the World But Were Afraid to Ask, Social and Political Philosophy, Why My Colleagues Are Idiots

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  1. Here is some incredible insight from the University of British Columbia.

    [Did you know when you put a group of people in a room, each person is uniquely different from the others? Such good news! Until now, every time I walked into a room, I thought I was alone in this world.

    Viva la difference! “Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.” (William Cowper, poem, 1785) “One of these things is not like the others…” (Sesame Street)]



    Differences in the lived experiences and perspectives of people that may include race, ethnicity, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical disability, mental disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, class, and/or socio-economic situations.

    Context & Usage

    Diversity is a concept meant to convey the existence of difference. Each person’s unique combination of differences contributes to their experiences in ways that can be both positive and negative.

    – Diversity is not a spectrum or a measure. One person cannot be more diverse than another.

    – Diversity is created when people who are different from one another come together, and includes everyone in the room.”


  2. Until they say, “Check your white privilege at the door,” as soon as you open your mouth. Then you know what the game is.


  3. University of Victoria, Employment Equity Plan, 2015-2020. Page 5.

    See UVic’s Employment Equity Plan (excerpt) for .pdf

    We are all made up of many different dimensions, some are fixed, some can change, some are visible, others invisible. These dimensions can bestow unearned privilege or advantage or undeserved discrimination or disadvantage on individuals and groups. We have a tendency to look at these dimensions separately when in fact we all have many aspects of ourselves that often result in a complex mix of privilege and disadvantage. Intersectionality can also be thought of as overlapping, layering, converging and diverging. It is an essential concept when we think about difference and provides a place to begin to learn. For example, people with disabilities are often perceived through a lens that shows very little other than their disability. This results in a tendency to focus on what they can’t do rather than on what they can do and to see people only as their disability rather than as a whole person (this is also true for other groups and individuals). Seeing someone with a disability through an intersectional lens encourages consideration of that individual’s cultural background, their age, their gender identity, their educational background and many other dimensions. An intersectional perspective encourages recognition of differences and similarities which counteracts an ‘us/them’ mentality or the ‘othering’ of people who are different from us in some way. It is important for all of us to locate ourselves on a range of dimensions and maintain that location in our minds as we learn, work and live in an increasingly diverse society. Another reason to be mindful of intersectionality is that it is very easy to perpetuate one form of inequality while we are trying to address another.


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