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La Lioness Priyanka

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Name: Priyanka
Gender: Female
Hometown: NYC
Home country: United States
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 01:35 PM
Number of posts: 47,468

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Yes, acknowledging privilege is hard work.

It's difficult to admit that through no fault of our own necessarily, our race/gender/sexual orientation/sexual identity/religion/caste/ level of education gives us a certain access that we would necessarily not have had if we were members of that particular privileged category.

However, without knowing how your particular social group membership privileges you, it becomes impossible for you to see how others are equivalently oppressed by their group memberships.

For instance, I am queer but gender conforming, which means that on a daily basis I don't get harassed for being queer. However, my wife does.

To understand oppression, one needs to understand the opposite of oppression (privilege).

No one is seeking to make you 'confess' your privilege, but being aware of your privilege makes you more likely to understand how the lack of it effects other people.

It's really your choice whether or not you want to be defensive about this privilege, or understand how your privilege works in a society. However, I really doubt that you know better than the oppressed group how they should go about talking about their oppression.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Thu Feb 27, 2014, 04:25 PM (114 replies)

When a hate crime occurs against gays, we talk about homophobia immediately afterwards

When a hate crimes occurs against a transperson we talk about transphobia immediately afterwards.

When a gang rape happens in Delhi, we talk about endemic misogyny in India immediately afterwards.

So why is it that when a massacre with a gun occurs, if we discuss gun politics suddenly we are politicizing a tragedy or expressing glee about a tragedy?

Isn't the best way to deal with a tragedy, to deal with root causes of said tragedy? Why is this considered some evil form of gloating?

I think it's extremely convenient to label people callous and insensitive to shutdown a debate you don't want to have at any given time. Before, during and after a massacre with a gun.

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue Sep 17, 2013, 04:54 PM (154 replies)

reposting in gd

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 10:48 AM (1 replies)

If you don't want people to call you a sociopath when you are dead

Then don't fucking be a sociopath when you are alive.

you dont want people to say you caused death, destruction and despair in your obituaries, then don't fucking cause these things when you are alive.

(and yes, this was bothering me enough to make another thread about it)

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue Apr 9, 2013, 04:38 PM (88 replies)

Is there a feminist reason to go to war?

I was reading some articles about Syria and the use of rape as a weapon of war in Syria, and wondering this.

I am usually quite opposed to war, but can we all just ignore this humanitarian crisis in Syria? Can we ignore what is clearly a crisis that is disproportionately affecting women?

Is allowing this to happen without any international interference ethical?

"With every war and major conflict, as an international community we say 'never again' to mass rape," said Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, who is co-chair of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. "Yet, in Syria, as countless women are again finding the war waged on their bodies--we are again standing by and wringing our hands."


Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Wed Apr 3, 2013, 01:07 PM (17 replies)

Why be afraid of an opinion you dislike?

It's an opinion. And worth arguing. Age of consent for girls varies like mad. Why be afraid of an opinion you dislike?

This logic is the dumbest on DU and here are the many reasons why

1. It is not brave to say things on the internet. Protected by anonymity with no threat of persecution or prosecution, there is nothing brave about saying anything. It would maybe be brave if you signed something with your real name, but unless you do, you're not being brave.

2. DU is a community. Communities monitor what they find is acceptable & not acceptable within that community.

3. DU by its raison d'être blocks opinions that we disagree with. This is neither brave nor cowardly, it's just this sites mission. This website was formed to promote democrats and liberal-ish policies.

4. To dislike an opinion or find it morally reprehensible does not mean i fear it.

I really wish DU'ers who do not plan on abiding my this websites TOS or by upholding its standards in juries, stopped agreeing to being on a jury. If you cannot and will not delete posts that clearly violate the standards of this website, it is unethical to participate in its juries.

ON EDIT: i am not talking about just this juror but a group of people who essentially make this statement on various juries
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:53 PM (35 replies)

There is no free speech on du

By the nature of this website, we block right wing and republican opinions

so when you make a free speech/anti-censorship argument to defend sexism and homophobia, you are being highly specious.

Unless you are actually advocating that we open up this website to all opinions, then you support censorship on du.

So please don't insult my intelligence with this extremely specious argument.

Thank you.

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Sun Dec 16, 2012, 12:35 PM (64 replies)

There are many men on DU who are supportive of women's rights

who acknowledge that the experience of being a woman differs from being a man in society.

Most men do not live under constant threats of potential sexual violence. Most men don't live under stereotype threats of under-performance in significantly important domains, such as math and science. Most men don't worry that they are being paid less for equal work. Most men don't worry that they won't be promoted, because women are still considered poor fits for upper management. Most men don't experience sticky floor and glass ceilings.

But most men have important women in the lives (wife, daughter, mother etc.) and a lot of men believe in egalitarianism, most human beings are capable of empathy and for that I think most men don't diminish the importance of feminism, women's rights and discussions on how to get to a more egalitarian and fair society.

And for this, despite individual men who have mocked these issues as unimportant, I want to thank most men on DU, who do not diminish the importance of these issues to women.

so thank you guys especially if you consider yourself a feminist and thank you if you support feminism and thank you for taking our lives seriously.

also a huge thanks to President Obama, for this quote "I ran for President to put the same rights, the same opportunities, and the same dreams within reach for our daughters and sons alike"

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:27 AM (81 replies)

This whole narrative of white people losing power and white people mourning makes me nervous

Firstly, it's an inaccurate portrayal especially of white men, since they are not really losing power at all. Look at upper management, prestigious careers in private industry and government, salaries etc and by all metrics white men still have substantial power.

The issue of losing power as a group is psychologically threatening to a lot of people and so this narrative makes me a bit uncomfortable. The rise in hate groups since Obama has taken power has been astronomical and in many ways, I fear for minorities, women and LGBT people because of this narrative of loss.

I don't mean to be a negative nelly or insinuate that most white men are particularly bothered by this narrative, I just fear for the ones that do find this very meaningful. I wish there was a less threatening way of celebrating increasing diversity, instead of framing this as a loss of power for white men.

Anyway, this is my two cents. I am off to finish my schoolwork now

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:17 PM (7 replies)

The Myth of Male Decline

A great article in the NYtimes arguing that men are not indeed becoming the new oppressed gender.

SCROLL through the titles and subtitles of recent books, and you will read that women have become “The Richer Sex,” that “The Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys,” and that we may even be seeing “The End of Men.” Several of the authors of these books posit that we are on the verge of a “new majority of female breadwinners,” where middle-class wives lord over their husbands while demoralized single men take refuge in perpetual adolescence.....

The 1970s and 1980s brought an impressive reduction in job segregation by gender, especially in middle-class occupations. But the sociologists David Cotter, Joan Hermsen and Reeve Vanneman report that progress slowed in the 1990s and has all but stopped since 2000. For example, the percentage of female electrical engineers doubled in each decade in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. But in the two decades since 1990 it has increased by only a single percentage point, leaving women at just 10 percent of the total......

Just as the feminine mystique discouraged women in the 1950s and 1960s from improving their education or job prospects, on the assumption that a man would always provide for them, the masculine mystique encourages men to neglect their own self-improvement on the assumption that sooner or later their “manliness” will be rewarded...

According to a 2011 poll by the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of Americans now believe that a college education is necessary for a woman to get ahead in life today, but only 68 percent think that is true for men."


Really interesting read and somewhat a balanced view in which the author does not ignore the progress that women have made
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:20 AM (10 replies)
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