Bullet point Tuesday

This might become a new thing.

Perhaps.

Anyway.

* Why is eating canned tuna normal, but the thought of meat in a can revolting?

* Why does the gender and cultural studies department at uni pride itself on breaking down the ‘language of academia’ that is designed to keep people out, by using language also designed to keep people out? Heteronormative performativity discourse, anyone?

* Who else suspects that those who get all worked up saying refugees arriving by boat are taking the place of someone else are full of shit and don’t want any refugees at all? It’s just more acceptable to say you’re only thinking of the others than admit you’re one of those wankers who says “fuck off, we’re full”.

Got any answers? Or more of your own?

12 responses to “Bullet point Tuesday

  1. * Why is eating canned tuna normal, but the thought of meat in a can revolting?

    Because meat in a can is called pet food.

    * Why does the gender and cultural studies department at uni pride itself on breaking down the ‘language of academia’ that is designed to keep people out, by using language also designed to keep people out? Heteronormative performativity discourse, anyone?

    Because the people who work in the gender and cultural studies department are still academics and therefore it is impossible that they could actually use any language but an academic one.

    * Who else suspects that those who get all worked up saying refugees arriving by boat are taking the place of someone else are full of shit and don’t want any refugees at all? It’s just more acceptable to say you’re only thinking of the others than admit you’re one of those wankers who says “fuck off, we’re full”.

    I also think that, and I ask such people “So how content would you be to wait in a possibly unsafe situation for? Are you aware that people are often waiting years and children are growing up in refugee camps? If that was you wouldn’t you take a chance on a boat to Australia? Or would you be happy to spend your life ‘just waiting’?”

    • And those detention camps are overcrowded and dangerous. The other thing that pisses me off is the line these wankers use about how “those refugees” PAID thousands to come here. Because somehow in their pathetic, puny, xenophobic minds, only poor people can be persecuted.

      • Because somehow in their pathetic, puny, xenophobic minds, only poor people can be persecuted.

        I would suggest that’s racism meets tall poppy syndrome, meets Orstruyan white culture’s convict history…

      • Well, I think it is less about whether the refugees have available money to pay a people smuggler and some will have it available as they are less poor, but makes them no less persecuted as you say. I believe that the problem is more that most don’t have those thousands available and lets just think we they suffer or are forced to sell (including themselves or a child) to get those passages on the leaky boat. I think the nonsense about queue jumping is just an Anglo cultural throwback. English people believe in queuing, consequently so does Aussie culture, any one who doesn’t wait their turn (and the hardships involved in waiting their turn seem to be conveniently ignored) is not playing by some obscure rule which is best applied to cricket and waiting for a train ticket than peoples lives.

        Out if 180,000 net migration only about 2500 are asylum seekers. Hardly the massing hoards!

  2. The new ‘call me dave’ Tories are spouting the very old Tory idiom of personal responsibility again (yes there should be some but it is used as an argument to dismantle safety nets for those who need them). Still gotta appeal to that Tory heartland!

    • Well, it works here. Dontcha know we’re being attacked on all sides by thousands of wealthy boat people who are simply economic refugees who want to come here and get Centrelink benefits and not assimilate and be un-Australian. (What could be more Australian than being on benefits while you work cash-in-hand?)

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