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For once I think I agree with the comments. DiScuss.
and a complete misunderstanding of British society
however, Britain needs to absolutely stop pandering to class relationships & divisions as if they are some kind of backbone of 'Britishness' and/or British values
American writing about class
"The UK doesn't have a monopoly on snobbery or class divisions. In the US you can hear about Ivy League type elite dynasties, or Trailer Park Trash. I think they don't talk about class because it's the elephant in the room, or else they're all too tired after talking about Race."
this is bullshit that we are the only country concerned with issues of class isn't it?
and really we should be overly concerned about class in this country, it massively underpins our politics, (seemingly) increasingly our culture, and probs loads of other stuff that i don't really know much about.
Think she should check out India
about stopping our supposed obsession with class when that's almost the only thing the paper writes about.
Apart from her insistence that a person's educational background is irrelevant being clueless, it also goes against the Guardian's editorial policy re: every Tory politician.
bystander is great but i don't buy the magazine
She hits quite a large nail on the head where she talks about how we infer and assume A LOT about people from their class backgrounds. As if our supposed class is some kind of omnipresent and inescapable force which defines and justifies our entire human endeavours and the motives behind them...
Hadley Freeman usually calls things pretty accurately by my reckoning.
don't have an issue with class as well and we're the only country that does. Don't think anyone would argue that we don't have a problem with talking about class.
when it most definitely is an issue
on the distinct barriers / opportunities that someone's class provides.
I didn't see anywhere in the article where the author trivialised or downplayed the significance of that...
if she actually thinks that an obsession with class is really about concerning ourselves with the correct way to hold a fork, then I still think it's a terrible article as she has totally missed the point
I'll give her the benefit of the doubt that that isn't indicative of her wider view on `this sort of thing`.
without realising that it has huge implications for people and the country in terms of inequality, social mobility etc.
The way the article is written is like if I was to write an article telling Americans that they should stop being so obsessed about race, or telling women that they should stop being obsessed about gender.
It's also hilarious in the comments when someone suggests that she should check her privilege (being from a pretty wealthy family and having gone to Oxford), and she says that this proves the point of her article.
I usually agree with her and like the way she writes, but this piece is way, way off.
to separate out, and supply copy about, societal attitudes towards the more trivial nuances of class and the wider economic and social inequalities which have arisen as the result of the British class system. This article doesn't really that that much value to be honest, but I don't think it deserves that much consternation either.
Although thinkpieces that are like `Hey you quirky Brits, we Yanks think this thing you do is well LOL` are always inherently ingratiating at some level.