Brute Reason

A collection of thoughts about psychology, social justice, and anything else I give a shit about.

Topics: feminism / psychology / lgbtq / sex / politics / abortion / health / mental illness / language / depression / sexism / sexual assault / fashion / racism / education / social justice

my actual writing, if you're curious

The Myth of Bootstraps goes something like this: I never got any help from anyone. I achieved my American Dream all on my own, through hard work. I got an education, I saved my money, I worked hard, I took risks, and I never complained or blamed anyone else when I failed, and every time I fell, I picked myself up by my bootstraps and just worked even harder. No one helped me.

This is almost always a lie.

There are vanishingly few people who have never had help from anyone—who never had family members who helped them, or friends, or colleagues, or teachers.

Who never benefited from government programs that made sure they had electricity, or mail, or passable roads, or clean drinking water, or food, or shelter, or healthcare, or a loan.

Who never had any kind of privilege from which they benefited, even if they didn’t actively try to trade on it.

Who never had an opportunity they saw as luck which was really someone, somewhere, making a decision that benefited them.

Who never had friends to help them move, so they didn’t have to pay for movers. Who never inherited a couch, so they didn’t have to pay for a couch. Who never got hand-me-down clothes from a cousin, so their parents could afford piano lessons. Who never had shoes that fit and weren’t leaky, when the kid down the street didn’t.

Most, maybe all, of the people who say they never got any help from anyone are taking a lot of help for granted.

  1. chickwhodoesthethingwiththestuff reblogged this from dvaleris
  2. dvaleris reblogged this from congenitalprogramming
  3. bewaretheoncomingstorm reblogged this from urlswithslursinthem
  4. urlswithslursinthem reblogged this from theshoutingendoflife
  5. murdpoop reblogged this from iscreamniki
  6. astrumsystema reblogged this from ancientcurios
  7. envianne reblogged this from sleepygadreel
  8. thesadieb reblogged this from sleepygadreel
  9. sleepygadreel reblogged this from clinicallydepressedpug
  10. cataclysmicnightmare reblogged this from laurelbowski
  11. laurelbowski reblogged this from bmo-real
  12. bmo-real reblogged this from astrumsystema
  13. owlifer reblogged this from andythanfiction
  14. allishinca reblogged this from brutereason
  15. anracli reblogged this from clinicallydepressedpug
  16. runawaystarling reblogged this from wholesomeobsessive
  17. reddladybird reblogged this from baapi-makwa
  18. wholesomeobsessive reblogged this from janelikesyou
  19. becausechriscolferthatswhy reblogged this from thewritingsquid
  20. thewritingsquid reblogged this from bilingualbisexual
  21. bilingualbisexual reblogged this from rachelhaimowitz
  22. l-i-v-i-n-g--lungs reblogged this from clinicallydepressedpug
  23. jackean reblogged this from rachelhaimowitz
  24. rachelhaimowitz reblogged this from andythanfiction
  25. pinkwarriorneedsfoodbadly reblogged this from snittyandboring
  26. babes-against-bullshit reblogged this from vampmissedith
  27. extendyourmind reblogged this from deansimpalaandpies
  28. pyrathepyro reblogged this from deansimpalaandpies
  29. theevilblackbunny reblogged this from deansimpalaandpies
  30. carryonmywaywardwarrior reblogged this from deansimpalaandpies

blog comments powered by Disqus
Ultralite Powered by Tumblr | Designed by:Doinwork