Date: January 04, 2016
Portions of this have bad audio…and the atmosphere acoustics are not good.
“The Manchester Free Speech Association hosted a panel discussion at The University of Manchester on the afternoon of 9th December, entitled “From Liberation to Censorship: Does Modern Feminism Have a Problem with Free Speech?”
The Presumption of “Privileged Speech”:
I have to make one comment about this…
About fifty minutes in, one of the speakers starts talking about “privileged speech”…which, as best I’ve been able to gather, is any speech from anyone, who is perceived to be part of any social group, that is presumed to be advantaged or socially in control.
The sentiment seems to be something along the line…”You’re already driving the gravy train and reaping all it’s benefits, so we don’t need to hear from you.”
The moderator asks something to the effect…”who are the privileged speakers?”…
…Which is precisely the kind of thing I would ask…How on earth does anyone determine the who, how and why, which allegedly makes someone “privileged”…and hence, “not needing to be heard”…or just as bad, allegedly “already having been [overwhelmingly] spoken on behalf of”?
Much of this looks to be shallow, snap judgment…based on sex, skin color…things that have no chance at all, of telling you who this person is…where they come from…what they have endured in life…what their valuable knowledge, insight and experience is…
This has often been one of the things that bothers me, about being part of a “hidden minority”…while at the same time, being dismissed as just another part of the majority herd. Getting the majority party line assigned to you, and being judged by it even when you are at odds with it…all the while, you’re personal issues are never even heard [ie: given a platform]…that is incredibly dehumanizing.
It is being robbed of ones voice…while given a lie to represent you.