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LTP: 11/22

Today, I want to talk about fury.

Yesterday’s LTP, about finding music, got me thinking about how hard it is to find music¬†that reflects the things I’m thinking about and feeling as I get older and more aware of the world around me. It seems that gone are the days of Lilith Fair feminist insight or Dylan-esque political commentary; here is Ke$ha, Gaga, Bieber. I’m not saying there’s no value in contemporary music, but it seems so… introspective? Self-interested? Unworldly?

And I’m kind of done with navel-gazing, personally. I’ve moved on to feeling, frankly, angry at the world I see around me when I look outside myself. And I look at our Persephone community here and I see a lot of people who are really¬†aware of the world around them, really invested in meaningful issues that touch a broader community of people. So today, I want to know: what in the world provokes your fury? What makes you righteously angry?

By Meghan Young Krogh

Meghan had a number of quality writing mentors over the course of her education, which just goes to show that you can't blame the teacher for the way the student turns out. Team Oxford Comma represent.

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Pro-life-ness, people who deny racism, people who are anti-abortion but not anti-the-death-penalty, the lack of opportunity for the poor, people who are dicks about people with disabilities/special needs, bad drivers, ill-considered but strong opinions about education especially things like performance pay, arrogance that manifests as skepticism of public schools/community colleges/technical schools, people who insist it’s easy to get a job who have always had a support network, the shocking lack of empathy in much of our cultural and political discourse, when people say “don’t take it so seriously!” w/r/t cultural critique, people who say English writing/analysis/inquiry is “bullshit,” the attitude that the liberal arts aren’t “worth” as much as the sciences and trades, people who police women’s sexuality, anti-gay bias, the tendency of some people to prioritize their experiences over all others (so lack of empathy again I guess), people who blame victims for rapes, child abusers, the judgment and blame for people who suffer from drug and alcohol addictions along with other kinds of mental illness, the dominant cultural attitude that if you’re “fat” it’s your fault and you can solve it so easily (ESPECIALLY when those people are themselves not super fit). I could go on. I am getting angry, actually…

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