A few minor points

Spot the interesting trend in the names of the bloggers cited (in order of citation) in Bryce Edwards’ latest article about the “blog wars” taking place around rape culture:*

  • Giovanni Tiso
  • Graeme Edgeler
  • “Prof Andrew Geddis”
  • Chris Trotter
  • Danyl Mclauchlan
  • Scott Yorke
  • Martyn Bradbury
  • “Another identity activist”**
  • Alan Alach [sic]

head tilt

It just makes it all the more tragi-hilarious that Bryce, in the third paragraph of his article, says

Identity politics is, of course, the prioritisation of a person’s identity – ethnicity, gender, sexuality, etc – over issues of ideology, and especially economics and class.

The phrasing’s very interesting.  It might almost seem to suggest that a mere identity is unworthy of “prioritising” over important things like ideology.  It absolutely suggests that silly identity politics doesn’t ever involve discussing important things like economics and class.

spacey bitch please

It kinda also seems to imply that things like ethnicity, gender and sexuality aren’t as important as the real issues.  Do you think that might be an easy conclusion to come to when your own personal ethnic, gender and sexual identities don’t come giftwrapped in centuries of economic and social oppression?

romney o really

And do you ever notice how the real issues which identity politics are apparently distracting us from are always the issues which the person complaining about identity politics wants to talk about?

rock eyeroll

And seriously.  Why is it always the men who talk about “prioritisation” like they’re not capable of thinking about more than one thing at a time?

joan bitch please

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*I have not included Donna Awatere Huata nor Annette Sykes as they’re mentioned in an earlier section of the column – but let’s note the only brown faces to appear on this topic are both supporting Tamihere and Jackson.

**Hi there!  I have a name!

One comment

  1. fatty

    ‘Economic and class’ issues are the identity issues of us privileged white dudes. The last thing the left needs is this ignorant ‘we’re all in this together’ backslapping from Bomber. We need to critique ourselves if we want a real change to society and inequality, in all its forms. The past 30 years have been a disaster because of the left.
    From what I’ve seen of Cunliffe so far, he doesn’t offer much of a change, and neither does the Daily Blog