Sunday, February 19, 2012

Talking to male privilege.

Here are a couple of funny anecdotes from the last week:

Scenario 1: Discussing my appearance with a White Dutch Guy:

Me: People speak Dutch to me.
WDG: You look like you could be from the East Indies.

The East Indies only exists in your colonial imagination, dear sir.

Scenario 2: Discussing harassment with another WDG.

Me: I haven't really been harassed here. But it's different, if I was visibly Muslim maybe it would be different.
WDG: Ah, but then to us, you're not a real Muslim!

Ah, but then maybe I don't care for the categories of 'real' and 'fake' Muslims.

Scenario 3: Discussing catering for guests from over 100 countries.

Me: We should definitely have warm lunches.
WDG: Yeah, I don't understand why so many people think that having sandwiches for lunch is weird. They're in Europe, they should eat European things!

Maybe making your guests comfortable is just... "not possible".

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