“Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rolling off of you in waves. But you can’t learn when you’re afraid. You cannot be transformed when you are afraid.”—
FUCK YOU if you think that street harassment is a “compliment” or “no big deal” or that it’s “irrational” of us to be afraid because “what’s actually gonna happen.” Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you some more.
and fuck that “well these are just a few incidents, regular old sexual harassment isn’t such a big deal!” logic
because seriously, it happens often enough to make fears reasonable. even less dramatic episodes, like following me home or grabbing me, have happened enough to make me cautious. and it doesn’t need to happen all the time for it to be an ever-constant possibility, because you know when we find out for sure whether or not the guy in the car is going to escalate into something worse? when it happens. in this bullshit culture, it’s my fault when i haven’t prepared properly for assault, and it’s my fault when i do prepare for assault but it doesn’t happen and some poor sexual harasser gets his feelings hurt.
if someone’s walking through a minefield, you don’t sit on the sidelines and yell “it’s okay, a lot of them are duds!”