Sunday, August 23, 2009
*LEARN HOW YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS MAKE FOOLS OF US MORTALS!
*SEE HOW THE IDIOT MANAGERS OVER YOU COMPEL YOU TO PUT EGG ON YOUR FACE TIME AND TIME AGAIN!
*TOTALLY GAIN BACK CONTROL OF YOUR ARROGANT COCKY TEENAGERS BY CALMLY DISCUSSING THINGS TO THEM IN FRONT OF THEIR FRIENDS!
**A MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE THINKING OF BECOMING AN INVESTMENT ANALYST, TREASURY DEPARTMENT SUPER, FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN OR DICTATOR!
"You know how it is. You’re enjoying yourself, kicking back and relaxing at the pub or maybe at the library; or maybe you’re in class or just casually surfing the internet, indulging in a little conversation. The topic of the conversation is about a pertinent contemporary issue, probably something to do with a group of people who fall outside your realm of experience and identity. They’re also probably fairly heavily discriminated against - or so they claim.
The thing is, you’re having a good time, sharing your knowledge about these people and their issues. This knowledge is incontrovertible - it’s been backed up in media representation, books, research and lots and lots of historical events, also your own unassailable sense of being right.
Yet all of a sudden something happens to put a dampener on your sharing of your enviable intellect and incomparable capacity to fully perceive and understand All Things. It’s someone who belongs to the group of people you’re discussing and they’re Not Very Happy with you. Apparently, they claim, you’ve got it all wrong and they’re offended about that. They might be a person of color, or a queer person. Maybe they’re a woman, or a person with disability. They could even be a trans person or a sex worker. The point is they’re trying to tell you they know better than you about their issues and you know that’s just plain wrong. How could you be wrong?
Don’t worry though! There IS something you can do to nip this potentially awkward and embarrassing situation in the bud. By simply derailing the conversation, dismissing their opinion as false and ridiculing their experience you can be sure that they continue to be marginalised and unheard and you can continue to look like the expert you know you really are, deep down inside!
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE PRIVILEGE!
Just follow this step-by-step guide to Conversing with Marginalized People™ and in no time at all you will have a fool-proof method of derailing every challenging conversation you may get into, thus reaping the full benefits of every privilege that you have.
The best part is, you don't even have to be a white, heterosexual, cisgendered, cissexual, upper-class male to enjoy the full benefits of derailing conversation! Nope, you can utilize the lesser-recognized tactic of Horizontal Hostility to make sure that, despite being a member of a Marginalized Group™ yourself, you can exercise a privilege another Marginalized Group™ doesn't have in order not to heed their experience!
Read on, and learn, and remember… you don’t have to use these in any particular order! In fact, mixing them up can really keep those Marginalized People™ on their toes! After all, they are pretty much used to hearing this stuff, so you don’t want to get too predictable or they’ll get lazy!"
So are you curious howest you may gain control of people without resorting to Voodoo?
Do you want women and/or men to be flocking at your feet vying to gain your attention and honor because you are obviously very well learned?
Then take the time to read this easy step-by-step manual on how YOU TOO can become a smug arrogant asswipe and still have position and power!**
**(..and you will quite probably get laid more than your adversaries!)