Tuesday, July 25, 2006


How to Suppress Discussions of Racism

...in six easy steps, with handy illustrations.

via a comment in a rather illuminating thread at Feministe.


belledame222 said...

(the Joanna Russ book--"How to Suppress Women's Writing"-- that post is riffing off is terrific, btw).

Sage said...

I loved the illustrations!!

I find the comments at feministe too frustrating to get through. Good for you (and several others) for hanging in there. I wonder, though, if there's anything that ever could be said to alter the attitudes of the attackers (for lack of a better word). Keep trying.

Alon Levy said...

The "how to suppress discussions" link is pretty funny, I must say*. I just love that kind of satire. I'm not sure whether it's better than the How to Argue on the Internet guide (the one that gives tips like "make up numbers" and "say 'that went out in the 60s'"), but I haven't read that guide in a long time so I can't really compare.

Piny's response to me is a bit more troublesome, so I first want to make sure it's okay with you that I dissect it here. I'd rather not start commenting on Feministe just for that because I don't generally start commenting on blogs just to attack the blogger.

* From previous experience with this, I suspect I'll get attacked for not getting it's laughing at me - here, "suspect" isn't an understatement that really means "know." So let me preempt it by saying I don't think anything I said fits the description and would be happy to see a quote to something I said that does.

belledame222 said...

Actually AL, I rather would not that we hashed all that out here. really was posting the link because, well, I like the link. no more no less.

Alon Levy said...

Alright... then I won't do it here.

belledame222 said...

Thanks, I appreciate it.

ToastedSuzy said...

Awesome link. I also love the drawings. For the crowd who ascribes to this method of "debate" I'm sure they are particularly useful.

If I were not an ice cream salesman, and senior to everyone, I might follow some of these tips, too.

Fortunately, I have quit internet debate, and now enjoy my righteous indignation vicariously (lurking, I believe it's called). There's plenty of it out there, that's for darn sure.