imagine how much power you’d have if you woke up with a clear face and perfect hair every day
Anna Sarkeesian’s brilliant, crowdfunded Tropes vs Women in Video Games web-series (previously) has a new episode, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 [TW: rape, sexual violence, violence], which expertly dissects the use of violence against women, especially sexual violence as a lazy means of establishing skimpy motivations for player characters to hunt down the baddies.
I watched this last night and it’s quite amazing.
Poverty and unemployment are part and parcel of our economic order. Without them, capitalism would cease to function effectively, and in order to continue to function, the system itself must produce poverty and an army of underemployed or unemployed people.
Within the system of capitalist production, competition is central in two main ways: First, competition between workers for the morsels tossed to them by the capital-holding class helps weaken solidarity among oppressed groups and to fracture evolving resistances to the power of capital. Second, market competition and a grow-or-die mentality drives the owners of the means of production to constantly retool and rethink production in a multitude of ways.