Privilege: one uncomfortable topic to explore.
I start Season Two by introducing this specific topic precisely because it’s uncomfortable. It has the power to really change the conversation and make people defensive, closed-off, and simply unwilling to further explore what is being uncovered.
I have also invited some guests to my podcast and created a mini-series, just on privilege, for you!
In this introductory episode, I present to you one of the definitions of privilege that I really like and which – as definitions are supposed to do – simplifies this potentially complex concept a bit.
I also identify what we should be conscious about so our sense of privilege doesn’t prevent us from speaking out or taking a different action.
Lastly, I allow myself to go down the path of psychology (which sounds a bit like a crossover with my other project, Investigative Selfism) and talk about what Brené Brown calls ‘comparative suffering‘. In short, it’s terrible for us. Let’s not do that.
I hope you enjoy this episode and the potential reflections it brings about!
What makes us change? What changes the way we perceive the world and our place in it? And although privilege is not the only lens through which we see the world, I think it contains an important part of the answer to these questions. Let’s dive in!
It always seems a bit dystopian: the military investigating its own actions. To be more precise, what seems dystopian – or simply completely corrupt – is that same military concluding that “everything’s OK.”
Unfortunately, dystopia is what we find in what we like to call liberal democracies.
Although my articles didn’t stop, my podcast did take a needed break.
Now, I’m back for the second season of The Exploded Head. In its intro episode, I review what I’ve talked about already and give you some ideas of what I’ll be covering in the near future.
Seven years after Protective Edge, we find Gaza and its children living in conditions that are even more dire than before. The trauma inflicted by Israel’s attacks and by its total siege on the region continues. In fact, it is unfolding as we speak.
The Taliban has taken power in Afghanistan. It finally happened and it’s terrifying. “Kabul has fallen,” the press tells us.
But what’s next? How do we assess what happened, learn from it, and find the best ways to help the Afghan people now?
If you’re not an expert on International Law but if Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza looked like war crimes to you, your questions have now been answered.
War crimes: this is what Human Rights Watch has concluded in its recent report.
Dehumanisation is a prerequisite for some of the darkest things we’ve witnessed in our history. Slavery, genocides, torture, mass killings – just to name a few, and it’s one heavy list already. That’s why, we have to learn to notice it and to call it out.
The immigration policy in Lithuania seems to have taken a sharp turn towards limiting the rights of asylum seekers. Our humanity is being tested – and it’s very shameful to see we’re not doing well.
On Pride Day – and Pride Month – let’s not forget that no society is truly great if it is not equally accepting and great to everyone. The LGBTQ rights situation around the world might be improving but there’s still a long way to go.
The protests in and outside of Palestine continue. Why? Because not much has changed, and nothing has improved. We’re seeing the same colonial practices, the same occupation, the same brutality by Israeli forces. In Jerusalem, throughout the West Bank, and all over historic Palestine. I encourage you to speak out against all of this.
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