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  1. teachwell
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:22 pm

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

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  2. Alan
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

    Beautifully put and 100% accurate. Thank you.
    As a “white male” who has often been accused (by the kind of people you describe) of being “middle class” I have grown sick and tired of the assumptions made about me and my views before I have had a chance to open my mouth (and in fairness sometimes put a foot in it).
    The idea of wearing a jumper instead of leaving the thermostat at “tropical” would never cross their minds. £600 a month gas bill is, to them, no big deal. Perhaps this is why they seem to think that £45,000 p.a. is starvation wages. It probably is to them.
    It wouldn’t bother me so much if people like them did not have so much power over the rest of us.
    I can’t remember who said it, but she hit the nail on the head: these people have no compassion.

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    • teachwell
      December 21, 2015 @ 1:24 pm

      I see where you are coming from in the first and last paragraphs but not so much the middle!! Could you explain a bit more.

      I find identity politics suspicious, especially when it involves bullying members of the group to think exactly the same!! The fact is that there is not a single grouping of human beings we can think of where every single individual thought and felt the exact same way on every issue. That is a good thing. I talk for myself. I represent no organisation and even if I did I could only represent it’s members. What I think is wrong is people who claim to speak for women for example yet really they are speaking for themselves and inflating the importance of their opinion by linking it to women in general.

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    • teachwell
      December 21, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

      As for putting ones foot in it – well we are all human and we all do it at some point. Being criticised for being malicious is one thing, for not being perfect is another altogether.

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  3. Alan
    December 22, 2015 @ 2:53 pm

    Rant warning!
    Race
    Up here in Scotland the race thing isn’t a problem for real people. Thankfully. However if you need to deal with the authorities (Councils, housing associations etc), then your race (i.e. skin colour) is suddenly important. Being white is minus several dozen points on the “give a damn” scale.

    Class
    I have been “persuaded” to leave several jobs over the years because I was seen as “middle class”.
    I was accused of being gay because I refused to discuss the ‘intimate parts’ of my ladyfriend with “the lads” for their amusement. (Such an accusation is a clear threat of violence.) I was also found guilty of not caring about football and not drinking all my excess money. Also of trying to do my job to the best of my ability.
    They made it clear that I should go back to daddys’ multi-million pound estate in the country and leave working class jobs for the working classes. Or else.
    Of course there is no country estate and no piles of money.
    In reality it meant going back on the dole.
    The unemployment people also assumed that I was rich, and therefore I had no business claiming benefits which were for the “working class”.
    Eventually I found the kinds of jobs where these problems could be tolerated.

    Gender
    I came across this lady by accident. Initially, I thought she was just another internet loudmouth with an axe to grind. Then she started to make sense. Horribly.
    Suggested genocide of men:

    I hope this explains what I was on about. I have a suspicion that Scotland is a very different place from most of England. I may have to immigrate!

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    • teachwell
      December 22, 2015 @ 3:27 pm

      It seems like a very extreme feminist view and not one I have come across. I think one of the issues with the internet is that people post and then it becomes seen as a ‘norm’ for that group. I don’t know any women or indeed feminists who think that way but then out of 6 billion people there are going to be some who are like that and have access to a webcam and can post. As for the rest of it – sounds awful!!!

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  4. logicalincrementalism
    December 22, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    Yes. A few nails hit on the head there.

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    • teachwell
      December 22, 2015 @ 7:56 pm

      Thanks for your comment!

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