There is no hierarchy of oppression

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there is no hierarchy of oppression

Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression by James Sidanius

This book suggests that the major forms in intergroup conflict, such as racism, classism and patriarchy, are essentially derived from the human predisposition to form and maintain hierarchical and group-based systems of social organization. Using social dominance theory, it is presumed that it is also a basic grammar of social power shared by all societies in common. We use social dominance theory in an attempt to identify the elements of this grammar and to understand how these elements interact and reinforce each other to produce and maintain group-based social hierarchy.
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The Case Against Hierarchy

Noted author Audre Lorde holds that if we truly intend to eliminate oppression, heteosexism-and homophobia must be addressed. There Is No Hierarchy.
James Sidanius

Hierarchy of oppression

I ended that note with words from Audre Lorde. Those words were on my mind again today, and I wanted to share them with you. Cartoon by Kevin Siers. Ubuntu ,. Email Address. Sign Me Up. Tags: Intersectionality.

I simply do not believe that one aspect of myself can possibly profit from the oppression of any other part of my identity. I know that my people cannot possibly profit from the oppression of any other group which seeks the right to peaceful existence. Rather, we diminish ourselves by denying to others what we have shed blood to obtain for our children. And those children need to learn that they do not have to become like each other in order to work together for a future they will all share. In this passage Audre Lorde spoke specifically to the social intersections in which she stood: Black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, poet, mother, and interracial lover.

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Audre Lorde, a champion of the rights of the individual, tells us in this paper of the inter-connectedness of the various forms of oppression. Contrary to this popular, if largely unexpressed opinion, she argues that we must not think of the various forms of oppression as distinct from each other, but rather as a whole, which extends to all forms of oppression. She discusses the importance of recognition, acceptance and celebration of these various subjectivities both in terms of her own well being, and in terms of social cohesion.

Audre Lorde:. I was born Black, and a woman. I am trying to become the strongest person I can become to live the life I have been given and to help effect change toward a liveable future for this earth and for my children. From my membership in all of these groups I have learned that oppression and the intolerance of difference come in all shapes and sexes and colors and sexualities; and that among those of us who share the goals of liberation and a workable future for our children, there can be no hierarchies of oppression. I have learned that sexism a belief in the inherent superiority of one sex over all others and thereby its right to dominance and heterosexism a belief in the inherent superiority of one pattern of loving over all others and thereby its right to dominance both arise from the same source as racism-a belief in the inherent superiority of one race over all others and thereby its right to dominance. I simply do not believe that one aspect of myself can possibly profit from the oppression of any other part of my identity. I know that my people cannot possibly profit from the oppression of any other group which seeks the right to peaceful existence.

I am trying to become the strongest person I can become to live the life I have been given and to help effect change toward a liveable future for this earth and for my children. From my membership in all of these groups I have learned that oppression and the intolerance of difference come in all shapes and sexes and colors and sexualities; and that among those of us who share the goals of liberation and a workable future for our children, there can be no hierarchies of oppression. I have learned that sexism and heterosexism both arise from the same source as racism. I simply do not believe that one aspect of myself can possibly profit from the oppression of any other part of my identity. I know that my people cannot possibly profit from the oppression of any other group which seeks the right to peaceful existence.

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  1. Amira N. says:

    There is no hierarchy of oppressions | Resist racism

  2. Anacleto L. says:

    From “There Is No Hierarchy of Oppressions”. Audre Lorde. I was born Black, and a woman. I am trying to become the strongest person I can become to live the.

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