Monday, February 28, 2005

Gossip and Wisdom

As you know, we're now shipping people off to countries that torture their prisoners in order to extract information from them without having to dirty our own hands. Keeping that in mind, let's talk about family holidays, and the gendered division of work. We all know the stereotype: women in the kitchen cleaning up and men in the living room watching TV. This is annoying, that men lounge and women clean, but in the kitchen, you learn some shit. One of the things you learn is about marrying the man who left his wife for you. As one of my aunts put it: if he'll do it with you, he'll do it to you. America, you are implicated in the behavior of our government. Maybe you don't care, because you don't give a shit what we're doing to people who aren't Americans. Fair enough. But the wisdom of my aunt holds true in this case. If you can't bring yourself to give a shit about what we do to non-Americans, bring yourself to give a shit about what this means for what might happen to us.


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