A Few Ways to Support Diverse Voices

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.

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June 9, 2014

It was pointed out to me that putting my tweets from this morning and afternoon about supporting marginalized people’s voices from a position of privilege on my website would not be a completely terrible idea. I’m not the absolute authority on this subject, of course–these are just some ideas I had. Would love to hear other people’s ideas, too.

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  1. Jonathon Side

    Well said.

  2. Quatermain

    I dunno, I think that the tendency to engage with someone with power and influence rather than someone who doesn’t have those things might be due more to the greater ‘reach’ that person has than some sort of sexism.

    People who have a greater degree of power and influence are more likely to have a larger audience and if you’re trying to disseminate a point of view or get an idea out there, it makes sense to engage them over it rather than someone who doesn’t have those things. If you wanted to say something nasty(or something good, for that matter) about someone and have it stick, are you going to do it on the local news out of Bumfuck, Arkansas or are you going to do it on CNN, Fox News, or the New York Times? It’s why D-list celebrities say nasty things about A-list celebrities and why mid-card wrestlers prefer to fight main-eventers rather than other mid-carders.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      @Quatermain: Gosh. Thanks for explaining all that to me. I’d never considered any of that before.

  3. Veronica Schanoes

    If only there were some way to account for the fact that men tend to have more power and influence than women. Some…theory, perhaps, or term for the way our society disadvantages women and prevents them from achieving that power and influence. Something like, I don’t know, “sexism,” or “patriarchy,” or “misogyny.”


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