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Poverty fetish: Pros and cons of trendy simplicity

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Community, Social Justice By February 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

I recently read this article about poverty appropriation, and it brought up a lot of feelings in me about the rise of trendy simplicity. I grew up fairly poor. Not super poor, probably on the richer end of poor, always hovering just around the poverty line. We also lived in fairly wealthy neighborhoods. My mom worked her ass off (often in multiple jobs) to keep us living in those parts of town, even though we could have likely afforded much more in other parts of town, because the schools were better in the wealthier ends of town, and probably because of some sort of internalized classism my mom felt. Because of this, I always felt I was in some uncomfortable middle area between the middle and lower classes. I was definitely dramatically poor at home, and did not fit in with peers, but in other parts of my city, I felt like the bougiest poser on earth. To this day, I have weird class issues, many of which have only been exacerbated by having married into a more middle class family.

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The day I decided to face my shunning

Community, Social Justice By June 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments
No one can hate someone that bakes them cookies from scratch, right?

No one can hate someone that bakes them cookies from scratch, right?

As I’ve alluded to before, my neighbors don’t much like me.  It’s been a tough thing for me to come to terms with, especially in the last few months when I perceived it to be getting much, much worse.  I’ve never been super tight with any of my neighbors anywhere I’ve lived (it’s a Colorado thing, don’t ask me why we’re this way, we just are), but I’ve never felt like neighbors actively hated me either.  However, I was starting to feel that way here.

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