Skullfuck You Very Much: Cultural Authority and the Dispossessed
Holly Wood, PhD 🌹
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God Fucking Bless You

Or Gods. Or whatever. My point is that you’re a goddamn rock star, and I’m pretty sure I want to be you when I grow up. This exact same shit is why I hated my MA program. I studied lit with a focus on queer and feminist theory, among people who were supposedly studying and teaching these topics with the goal to make positive change for oppressed communities in light of the fact that such communities are intersectional. But my suggestions that using language that people with college degrees… often multiple degrees found difficult was a fucking stupid way to go about spreading information or getting the populace on board with difficult concepts led to classmates and professors accusing me (a 22 year old MA student with not one, but two undergraduate degrees) of “anti-intellectual snobbery.”

I shut up because I needed that MA to pave the way to get out of my shit home situation and not be stuck in the same poverty I grew up in for the rest of my life. But I wrote my thesis on fanfiction, because - as you do with economics - the vernacular is the best way to critique and modify the things that are actually important to people and have it be payed attention to. And it allows for people of all classes and educational backgrounds to participate. I didn’t say that in my thesis because it would not have been a good way to actually get my MA, but damned if I don’t wish I could go back in time and cite this, print it off, walk into my department’s office, do a dramatic reading of it, and then super glue it to everyone’s forehead. Thanks for putting into words what I’ve been struggling to accomplish since I started grad school.

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