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Trying to work out what days I worked this month by looking at my instagram feed. Not helping much.
The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.
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I think there is too often a classist distancing element there, as well. Similar to the idea that the BNP/EDL and similar are the only real trouble with with racism. NOPE.
The lower-level blatant misogynists also only get away with so much bad behavior because of some entrenched attitudes which go all the way up. This isn’t only the case here, but definitely here.
I didn’t even go into street harassment and other awful public behavior by individuals, which rarely gets taken as seriously as it should. But it is just a part of some bigger problems.
Sexism and feminism are getting a lot of attention in the media but all too often ‘sexism’ is shorthand for lad culture and street harassment (not to downplay the issue but it’s just one part of a bigger picture) and ‘feminism’ is shorthand for middle class white women gently wagging their fingers disapprovingly.
So with sexism it’s rude language and ‘lads’ and with racism it’s those nasty ‘extremists’, not ‘us’ nice middle class people! Never ‘us’!
It seems this is part of a larger trend to avoid criticising capitalism at all costs in the media. They don’t wanna look at larger structural problems because that might involve having to look at alternatives to our current hierarchical system and to capitalism.
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