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I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.
Socialist Girl from rally a couple weeks ago - m4w - 27
(Madison, WI) Date: 2011-04-07, 12:07AM CDT
I’m not sure if you’re from Madison or out of town, but I’ve seen you a couple of times since February 14th. We’ve made eye contact, and the several times we have, your eyes seem to say “Let’s ditch this liberal AFL-CIO dominated rally and go take over a workplace!”
If only, compañera, if only.
I thought you should know that every time I see you, it’s like the proletariat has violently overthrown the bourgeoisie and at last ruptured from capitalist society into the arms of freedom and liberation. I dream someday we shall be hand in hand, side by side at the barricades, or perhaps on a factory council together.
Never mind it seems as if you were part of a counter-revolutionary Trotskyist group. It’s easy to be drawn in with the wrong crowd. Sh*t, when I was a kid it was gangbangers and ex-cons, so student authoritarians aren’t that bad. In fact, as allergic I am to the newspaper in your hand, full of advocating for the defense of ‘deformed worker’s states’, I know that $2 is worth every penny, if it’s spent with you describing the contents of The Party’s line. Your voice could make secret police and gulags an appealing option.
Every day I hope you come across my number from the sheet I signed-up on, and call me, asking if I want to know more about the class snuggle.
Yes, dear, I do.
CLASS SNUGGLE, yall. i’ll stop squeaking in delight by the time the sun comes up, maybe.
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
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