lila-of-the-valley-1 replied to your post: emonydax asked:One of the profess…
Sadly, I have to say I agree. Even after studying at Oxford, where on the one hand research of all kind is welcome, on the other hand they too still have these gate-keeping mechanisms that stop all ‘unwanted’ research from gaining legitimacy…
I swear I’m not just babbling when I talk about financial and sociopolitical pressures on education and academia. These are real and tangible systems that exist to hoard knowledge and access for the purpose of the usual things-power, prestige, personal gain, et cetera. You can point to them and say “hey! this is a concrete example of how this happens and is enforced.”
And like, I’m a part of that. It feeds my family. On the one hand, running this blog does limit me in other ways, but on the other it’s the only way I can stand doing what I do in some respects, because I feel like I’m providing some kind of offset here. It’s sad that our society is set up in such a way that you can’t get basic needs met without being complicit in some kind of social violence.
And like, this isn’t just something I say because it sounds good; I’ve turned down several opportunities because I don’t feel comfortable hobbling my conscience or my “tone”. I’d rather live paycheck to paycheck than be silenced, and yeah, that’s a choice I made.
Which is why I get so irritated with people who are always claiming “my hands are tied!” and “That’s just how it IS okay!” depending on how many times I’ve dipped into the 12lb. bag of rice that week, and depending on who they are.
And yeah. I don’t know if you noticed, but Medievalpoc seems both desperately needed and extremely unwanted at the same time, by different people.