Parenting, privilege, and rethinking the norm. Being “privileged” doesn’t mean your life is rosy. This is a guest post from Sparky, of Spark in Darkness.
Many of you are familiar with him from Livejournal, as well as from his insightful and often hilarious commentary here. Each Tuesday, Womanist Musings will be featuring a post from Sparky. I generally avoid 101 conversations on Womanist Musings, or for that matter, on sparkindarkness. I’ve never really thought of WM as a 101 space – not that it’s not a good place to learn, but because it tends not to be so basic and I generally get the impression that most readers already have at least some of the 101 on.
Apart from anything else, I do tend to think that 101 learning is something you do with a Google search after reading something you don’t understand rather than something you need to be actively taught. But something keeps coming up and over and over – both in comments that get through and the fun stuff behind the scenes as well. Can we be clear on something? And the same applies to all privileged and marginalised states. Womanist Musings. Autostraddle. The Bono-ization of Activism. Brigid Delaney, CNN, October 12, 2007 Naomi Klein's 2000 book No Logo galvanized a generation to resist the lure of brands and corporatization.
Direct action such as protests and guerilla tactics such as culture jamming and graffiti were encouraged. Back then the movement had teeth and energy, but very quickly it has not just deflated but sharply turned into a world of hyper consumption, according to Klein. Welcome to the Pro-Logo generation that is more likely to buy a wristband and ticket to Live Earth than hit the streets in protest.
Speaking this week at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in the UK, to promote her new book The Shock Doctrine, Klein attacked the "Bono-ization" of the protest movement, referring to U2 frontman Bono who is also an active anti-poverty campaigner. "The Bono-ization of protest particularly in the UK has reduced discussion to a much safer terrain. " Protests such as the Seattle anti-globalization protests, "were really demanding a structural change.