Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Forgotten Story of How "Punching Up" Harmed the Science-Fiction/Fantasy World - Quillette

The Forgotten Story of How "Punching Up" Harmed the Science-Fiction/Fantasy World - Quillette:
There are many reasons, both moral and practical, to criticize this ideology. It inevitably undermines modern Western society’s hard-won taboo on racial insults and is likely to provoke a backlash. It relies on crude and often skewed definitions of power, privilege and oppression—so that, for instance, Jeong, a Harvard Law School graduate and successful journalist from a minority group with higher income and lower incarceration rates than white Americans, can outscore an unemployed white high school dropout in “oppression points.” (Or so that Jeong supporter Rani Molla, another journalist with an elite degree and from a thriving demographic, can deride “whiny” rural white workers at a chicken processing plant.)