Ariadne Ross

Grace Tame, Australian of the Year, didn’t smile and make nice to the Australian Prime Minister, and is getting no end of shit — as well as tons of support — for calling out Patriarchy for what it is. This story sums up all that is wrong with Patriarchy better than anything I could write.

Watch this video, listen to what the male reporter has to say, and tell me you don’t get what is wrong with this picture. Women and minorities are constantly silenced by Patriarchy, and now are criticized even when they themselves choose not to make nice with the oppressors and instead remain silent.

Bravo Grace. Good on you. Keep it up. You speak, in your words and in your silence, for all of us.

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Good for you, Melissa! I can't do work either. The job I wrote about on Medium (with all the sexual harassment etc) was my last "real" job. I am so happy for that.

Regarding taking away the free snacks, that is classic. Patriarchy and Capitalism want to keep everyone as far down on Maslow's hierarchy of needs as possible, so we never achieve self-actualization. When we drop out of the traditional job world, painful as it is, we do an end run around their strategy.

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Photo by Maahid Photos on Unsplash

Dear Medium Algorithm,

why do you insist I read what I don’t want to? I’ve done all you recommend to clear this up, but it hasn’t. Instead I have to hunt for the poetry, art, fiction, and literary criticism I want to read. I am a “top writer in Feminism” but I hardly even get recommendations for feminist stories. Instead I am served up shit, “stories” about making money, how to gain 100 followers (I have way more), or the ins-and-outs of YouTube. I am not here to make money; I live in a country where I couldn’t even if I wanted to. I just don’t get it.

By the way, it was Marshall McLuhan who coined the line

The medium is the message.

How apropos.

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Capitalism is fundamentally wrong becuase it is based on the exploitation of the working class, i.e. nearly all of us. Imagine a Capitalist sells a smartphone for $500. I'll be generous and say the raw materials cost him $100. The labor cost let's say is $50. I'll even allow him $50 for marketing and overhead. That leaves the Capitalist with $300 which he has stolen from the workers. The people who made the phone donated those $300 of their effort to simply enrich the Capitalist. He himself did nothing to earn that money.

Regarding "revolutionaries", it is painting with far too broad a brush to condemn all of them. Gandhi and Che Guevara come immediately to mind.

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some stories cannot be told in "smaller chunks". Explain the plight of Palestinians in a 2 minute read. Moby Dick in smaller chunks? Social media has made a sea change, forcing us to write in tiny little bits. Everything needs to be an elevator pitch. And this has a real, chilling effect on ever telling stories which need to be told.

Of course the algorithms used by social media behemoths, and even Medium, penalize us mightily if we don't post small chunks; algorithms want us to publish uncontroversial pablum, and we'd better do it every single day.

This is how the Trump's and Orban's and Bolsonaro's and Duterte's and Hitler's get voted in to power. This is not our grandparents' or parents' world, it is a frightening new world.

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Ariadne Ross

Ariadne Ross

author, anti-patriarchal anarcha-feminist, anticapitalist, spiritual atheist, partner, parent, engineer, animal truster, people distruster, optimistic pessimist