Like a Tsurezuregusa for a philosophy grad student.


Today was a mess for so many reasons and tomorrow doesn’t look much better. Gonna do some Destiny and beer and then see if I feel up to dealing with it.

Me in response to a request from my department that future submissions for teaching a course on “the American mind” that is grounded in the major thinkers in American philosophy.

I’m fairly certain I know who they mean by “major thinkers,” and I doubt someone like W.E.B. DuBois is among them.

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there is more to racial supremacy worldwide than is dreamt of in your reductionist US-centered SJW ideology, horatio 

It’s Monday. I’m going home at 6pm and a middle aged man and a teenage boy are the only people left on the bus with me. I consider the fact that because the driver is also a man I am the only person left on the bus with the correct genetic makeup for boobs. I’m automatically scared, scared because of my own anatomy. I wonder how old I was when I realized that my own body was going to be the cause of the constant anxiety and fear I feel in situations like this. I get off at the last stop and the older man smiles at me while following me up the street. His smile drips, drips, drips and my heart is pounding, pounding, pounding. He turns off down another road, but I run the rest of the way home.

Not all men.

I’m at home on a Tuesday, beginning to plan the travels I want to go on next year. I dream of wandering the streets and meeting strangers. I just can’t wait to escape the city I’ve lived in for 17 long years. But… my mum is hesitant. She’s forever worried about the danger that being a young girl traveling alone can bring. I’ll be alone and she’s scared. Surely I’m invincible. I feel invincible. But I know, I know this danger is real and I can’t help but think to myself, if I feel unsafe in my own city, how am i going to feel in a strange place with strange men who don’t speak the same language as me? If I was my brother planning this, I would probably just be wondering if European girls are going to be hot.

Not all men.

Wednesday is a beautiful sunny day but I’ve always been told that I don’t have a “nice enough body” to wear a bikini on the beach. Ever since I was 6 years old I’ve thought that having tummy fat was ugly. That skin that doesn’t have a perfectly golden glow is undesirable. I amble to a clear patch of sand in my one piece and I can feel pairs of eyes latching onto me. Hairy men in speedos who I don’t look twice at eat into my body with their stares. I’m a piece of meat. I am a piece of meat? I am here for their amusement. Please don’t let me be eaten alive.

Not all men.

Thursday night two friends and I are walking to our god damn school dance when we hear “Jesus look at you! You sluts heading to a pole?” These words snarl out of the mouth of a respectably dressed man and we stop in horror. Shivers roll up my back in fear. It’s dark. We are alone. What. Do. We. Do??? One of us pulls the finger back. I can never be sure how quickly a sexist man can get angry so we walk quickly away. We’re angry, so so angry. But also so… deflated. I wonder if we deserve this shame.

Not all men.

Sitting on the internet, Friday night and scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed:

“Haha, good job at the game today bro. You RAPED them!”
“Damn with tits like that, you’re asking for it :P”

Another sexist comment…
Another sexist comment…
Another sexist comment…

I’m shrinking and shrinking and shrinking and I want to CRY because these boys don’t realize how small they make me feel with just pressing a few keys. I see these boys on the streets, I talk to these boys, I laugh with these boys. Dear GOD, dear GOD i hope these boys don’t think actions speak louder than words…

Not all men.

Three rules that have been drilled into me since I was young run through my mind at 1.30am on a Satur… Sunday Morning:

-Don’t ever talk to strange men
-Don’t ever be alone at night in a strange place
-Don’t ever get into a car with a stranger

I break all 3 of these laws as I pull open the taxi door. Making light conversation with the driver, he doesn’t see my sweaty hand clutching the small pocket knife I keep hidden on me at all times. He doesn’t even realize the fear I feel at his mere presence. He cannot comprehend it, he never will. How easy would this 15 minute car ride be if I was born a boy?

Not all men.

It comes to Sunday, another snoozy, sleepy, Sunday and someone has the AUDACITY to tell me not all men are rapists. I say nothing.

I’m a 17 year old girl.
When I am walking alone and it’s dark, it’s all men.
When I am in a car with a man I don’t know well, it’s all men.
When men drunkenly leer at me on the streets, it’s all men.
When a boy won’t leave me alone at a party, it’s all men.

Not all men are rapists. But for a young girl like me? Every one of them has the potential to be.


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this is amazing

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"Here is the sociological definition of racism that is more useful in discussing race relations because it acknowledges the system of racism as a whole instead of just on a person to person level."
“Yeah but the Merriam Webster dictionary says—”

Well no, you don’t get to say that because racism is already a word with a clearly defined meaning: discriminating against people based on their race. You can’t just get up and say that racism is anything but that

You seem to have difficulty understanding how definitions work. Different disciplines use different definitions. The Merriam Webster dictionary was written by white men who don’t specialize in race relations. It’s not as in depth as the sociological definition of racism. I didn’t just come up with a brand new definition of racism on the spot arbitrarily.

Just replace the critical race theory definition of the word “racism” with the word “white supremacy.”

It’s SO much easier, and has other advantages.

Without a justification as to why the word “racism” should only be used in ONE way, this is so obstructive, self-righteous quibbling over semantics.

People can agree with ALL the facts about the world, then then the college-educated tumblr gets all dogmatic about how it should be described.

It’s an asinine reason to not just move the conversation forward.

Sociology is field with philosophical presumptions and rationales just like linguistics.

The word “racism” has more than one definition, and has had more than one over the years.

And it’s fine to rhetorical switch gears depending on who you’re talking to.

Really. It is.

(Sorry, Black Philosophy major here and this side of college-educated/social justice tumblr is a huge peeve of mine.)


Well, D, Black Philosophy Ph.D. candidate here, and your suggestion to replace “racism” with “white supremacy” is a huge pet peeve of mine.

It’s true that people will quibble over the definition of racism, just as you have quibbled over the definition of “rape” in the past, but the definition isn’t the problem: the way in which particular affects stick to the word is the problem. Put another way, “racism” has a particular cultural history associated with it, and that history evokes particular feelings surrounding the word itself. Being aware of this cultural history allows you to deploy the word “racism” in particular ways, at particular times.

As a philosophy major, you should have at least a basic understanding of the way words are performative. Not to go too deep here, but a word like “racism” does something, it evokes, names, channels, and orients people in particular ways. To replace racism with “white supremacy” is to imply the two are interchangeable and have the same performative value. They don’t. Replacing “racism” with “white supremacy” would enable “white supremacy” to take on a similar kind of affective force as racism, there by robbing it of the power that youclaim it to have.

The arguments over the definition of racism are driven by the desire of those who could be called racist to avoid actually being called racist. That is, they don’t want to be associated with the painful feelings that come with the word racist or racism. In so far as white supremacy indicates a system of oppression that operates within institutions to maintain particular power structures, it is harder to redefine to avoid implication, but this is it’s problem. If we replace racism with white supremacy, we risk evacuating the term of it’s meaning, in the same way that “intersectionality,” “diversity,” and “inclusivity” have been evacuated of their meanings. This is the biggest problem with your suggestion.

Replacing racism with white supremacy will lead to an evacuation of the term’s meanings because the subjects of the term will seek disidentification with it (which is what redefinition arguments are all about). Given that these subjects are often those with the power to give words their performative force, redefinition of white supremacy would mean that it’s ability to address issues that “racism” cannot would be all but gone. To give subjects of the term the power to redefine the term such that they can avoid implication is exactly what you’re doing, and exactly why “white supremacy” is used in specific cases.

If that’s not enough for you, critical race theorists use white supremacy in exactly the way that you have been ALL THE TIME. Most of the major figures in CRT have shifted towards talking about white supremacy as opposed to racism because they recognize the cultural history and affective power of the word. In recognizing this, they are attempting to avoid getting stuck in the traps that you’re pointing out.

To conclude, as you claim to be "philosophy major," and often deploy the tools of philosophy to advance your ideologies, I suggest that you have a look at feminist work on the performative nature of words as well as phenomenological accounts of what words do in the world before making claims like this. Austin’s "How to do things with words," is a place to start.

Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.

The hardest thing I have EVER had to teach is the concept of institutionalized oppression.

People, regardless of intersecting identities, level of eduction, political affiliation, whatever, ALWAYS fail to understand how a system of oppression can exercise oppressive force through bodies without their consent.

People always think that oppression must be actualized BY individuals, and not THROUGH them as part of the system, which allows them to assume they aren’t part of the problem. That’s bullshit: we’re all part of the problem.

Now, I’m not saying we’re part of the problem in the same way: systems exercise oppression through different bodies in different ways. Hence, it is the case that all men are trash; some men are aware of the way they have become trash and take steps to prevent being more like trash.


Same thing with any member of a privileged group. Unless they’re active in combatting the ways the system exercises power through them, they’re still complicit in the maintenance and perpetuation of that system.

This was a thing I had to explain to my class as well as my department.

Most of them didn’t get it.