How to be an ally – re-blog

Thanks for this piece. As someone from many privileged positions who is trying to learn how to be a better ally, the advice which felt most important to me was about better behavior when being called out and responsibility for self education. I am rebloging this.

FeministPlus

[I don’t think this post needs any warnings, but let me know if I’ve missed something.]

Having seen some more conversations around ally behaviour, and done some more ally-ing and been allied-to some more, I’ve had a few more thoughts on how to navigate this area.  I’ve realised that my original thoughts missed and crucial dimension of what it means to act as an ally:

Power

Power is one of the pervading dynamics that we’re grappling with when we do anti-oppression work. We’re analysing which groups have power over other groups in society, and trying to reveal and counteract this. Power also plays out within all smaller groups, and this is deeply connected to the wider power politics. So a group that is fighting for their liberation is struggling against groups that hold societal power over them, and this will probably involve fighting against individuals or groups who wield that…

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2 responses to “How to be an ally – re-blog”

  1. Becca says :

    Thanks for posting this. It really makes sense of oppression theory. And thanks for being an ally. 🙂

  2. Abigail says :

    Great post. I will share it with the students I work with too.

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