Category Archives: isms

Lumbersexuals and White Heteromasculine Pageantry

“Similar to hipster masculinity, “lumbersexual” is a classification largely reserved for young, straight, white, and arguably class-privileged men. While some position lumbersexuals as the antithesis of the metrosexual, others understand lumbersexuals as within a spectrum of identity options made available by metrosexuality. defines the lumbersexual as “a sexy man who dresses in denim, leather, and flannel, and has a ruggedly sensual beard.”

via Lumbersexuals and White Heteromasculine Pageantry » Sociological Images.


The New Adulthood

“Yes, it’s tougher to become — or to be — an adult today than it was half a century ago.

And yes, young and old alike regard adulthood with ambivalence. Young people are embarrassed and anxious by their prolonged dependence on their parents, but they also hate the idea of a mortgage, a disgruntled spouse, never-ending debt, and a life that binds them to a boring job.”

via The New Adulthood – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong.

“And that was the goal we had in mind as my wife and I raised our kids. We both had careers in white firms that represented the best in law, banking and consulting; we attended schools and shared dorm rooms with white friends and had strong ties to our community including my service, for the last 12 years, as chairman of the county police board. I was certain that my Princeton and Harvard Law degrees and economic privilege not only would empower me to navigate the mostly white neighborhoods and institutions that my kids inhabited, but would provide a cocoon to protect them from the bias I had encountered growing up. My wife and I used our knowledge of white upper-class life to envelop our sons and daughter in a social armor that we felt would repel discriminatory attacks. We outfitted them in uniforms that we hoped would help them escape profiling in stores and public areas: pastel-colored, non-hooded sweatshirts; cleanly pressed, belted, non-baggy khaki pants; tightly-laced white tennis sneakers; Top-Sider shoes; conservative blazers; rep ties; closely cropped hair; and no sunglasses. Never any sunglasses.”

via I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong. – The Washington Post.

Humanitarianism is broken but it can be fixed

“It might simply be that humanitarian NGOs are no longer the right type of organisation to meet the needs of the future. It’s not merely that they are no longer fit for purpose: it’s increasingly uncertain what that purpose is. What are humanitarian organisations for? Are they delivery vehicles for humanitarian assistance – logistics companies with a side order of social concern? Or are they delivery vehicles for humanitarian principles, with any tangible assistance they provide is just a manifestation of those principles?”

via Humanitarianism is broken but it can be fixed – Paul Currion – Aeon.

The Average White American’s Social Network is 1% Black

“At The Atlantic, Robert Jones argues that these disparate opinions may be caused, in part, by the different life experiences of the typical white and black American. He shows data, from the American Values Survey, indicating that black people are much more likely than whites to report living in communities rife with problems, from a lack of jobs and inadequate school funding to crime and racial tension.”

via The Average White American’s Social Network is 1% Black » Sociological Images.

I was taking pictures of my daughters. A stranger thought I was exploiting them.

“Totally engaged with the scene in front of me, I jumped when a man came up beside me and said to my daughters: “I would be remiss if I didn’t ask if you were okay.”

via I was taking pictures of my daughters. A stranger thought I was exploiting them. – The Washington Post.

Heteronormativity in Halloween Costumes

“The word “heteronormativity” refers to a persistent privileging of “opposite”-sex couples and the relative invisibility of people who partner with others of their “same” sex.  Halloween costumes are a great example of the phenomenon.  Costumes designed for couples nearly always assume that they need to outfit a man and a woman, not two men or two women.”

via Heteronormativity in Halloween Costumes » Sociological Images.

No, thanks: Stop saying “support the troops”

“Compulsory patriotism does nothing for soldiers who risk their lives — but props up those who profit from war”

via No, thanks: Stop saying “support the troops” –