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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #7)

Thu May 7, 2015, 03:48 AM

8. Yeah, I don't know

I mean, I suppose the point is that there are a lot of ways to end up "underprivileged."
Like how there's a lot (6?) ways to get 7 on two dice. The outliers (2 and 12), which
I guess would represent the most absolute oppressed and the most absolute privileged,
one have one way each to come up. It makes (as many things do) a bell curve...most
people are in the middle somewhere. Yeah, there are a lot of men heading up companies,
but the vast, vast majority of men are average people, for example.
A problem with what you say (as intriguing as such a study would be) is how do you
quantify marginalization, privilege, or suffering....etc? It's not just "oh, who has got
it worse, a white woman or a black man" or other two or even three variable comparisons,
it's far more complex. Sex/Race/wealth/ethnicity/disability/sexuality/religion/political views/etcetcetc.
Which goes to the point, everyone is different, everyone is an individual nexus of intersectionality of
identity and condition. Though, I think because of that, you are right. What is the use of it, other
than to tell us that everyone is unique, and it's far too simplistic to compare in dichotomies (Male-Female,
for example). Add other variables and you get y, z, and more and more dimensions to the question.
Hell, most people don't even seem to get the political axis thing (social x economic).

It's complex, which is why humans have coping mechanisms for dealing with all the unique individuals
-mechanisms that take the form of shorthand generalizations....or in other words, preconceptions
and stereotypes. They are used as stopgaps until we learn about individuals. They are also
misused in the form of prejudices.

Anyway, lots of rambling...a mix of things I've picked up (school or otherwise) and my own ideas
and interpretations. Interesting stuff to talk about though.

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