• advocacy

    oppression, subtle and not-so-subtle

    Here is a fantastic speech by one of Ireland’s best known Drag Queens, Panti Bliss (Rory O’Neill), about how subtle, and not-so-subtle, oppression in society is internalised by the victims of oppression. I particularly resonated with Panti’s description of watching a ‘reasoned debate’ on TV about why you should or should not be entitled to full rights – which is a thoroughly alienating experience for anyone who is the subject of that discussion (and often not included in the debate itself). Intellectual debates about the ‘rights’ of human beings and their lived experiences is a fine theoretical exercise that can be set aside and forgotten by those who are not…