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February 23, 2020

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and for her “contribution to the positive image” of said field.

Honk honk.

David

Honk honk.

Clown world indeed.

And so, someone institutionally indulged with exemptions and double standards, and who evidently expects no challenging of her pronouncements by either peers or employers, somehow exults in her imagined victimhood and claims to be “living oppression from the inside.” Which is a little odd, in that the supposedly radical politics of which she’s so proud is usually an ostentatious leisure activity, an indulgence of the privileged.

Though I do like the description of Ms Agbebiyi as a “narcissistic self-infatuate.”

JuliaM

Who knew 'professional ethics of social work' even existed?

Adam

Turned on TV yesterday to a local talk show. They had a black architect to talk about a new project. He started by explaining that his mission was to de-stratify the racial and class constructs informing all levels of the profession and to reinvent architecture in an inclusive, non-racial framework that embraced the diversity of the human experience.

I never did find out what project he was designing.

You can't escape these people. It seems like they are now in every profession. It's like rising damp in your basement. It will eventually infect the whole house.

David

Needless to say, the cause of Ms Agbebiyi’s alleged “oppression” isn’t made clear, let alone persuasive. Apparently, it’s now the custom to invoke victimhood, as if it were a goal, a basis for applause, without actually specifying what it is that’s supposedly oppressing you. The best I can deduce is that the fact that prisons exist, at all, anywhere, is an unendurable burden on her tissue-paper psyche. We should, it seems, wish for the “abolition” of prisons and “the ending of cops.”

Because the world would be so much better if sociopaths and criminal predators could act with impunity, uninhibited by even a small risk of punishment.

Anon a mouse

"Kristina Agbebiyi, the lady"

Well, if you say so. I'm rather... unsure.

Steve E

Social work is one of those fields that tends to draw the crazies. My Uni had a large social work department and you could easily pick out who was in the program. They think because they need help they can help other people.

Darleen

They think because they need help they can help other people

Personally, I think it is more in the "power over others" category that gets attracts many. Vulnerable people are people easily manipulated and I note that most "social programs", once instituted, never go away. Indeed, it's amazing how many more "victims" can be roped into them forever and grow the job opportunities for these low rent Machiavellians.

WTP

This isn’t someone who barely squeaked through her degree. She was celebrated as the best there was at her school.

Even putting political bias aside, the subjective fields' lack of real world, objective correction, result in what is effectively, in the best chance possible outcome, a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy. Which any sufficiently curiously 10 year old lacking adult supervision while left in a room for a sufficient period of time with access to a copy machine understands results in considerable degradation from the original. Of course some people don't ever get such an opportunity to learn at a young age.

Jen

the supposedly radical politics of which she’s so proud is usually an ostentatious leisure activity, an indulgence of the privileged.

That.

David

Personally, I think it is more in the “power over others” category

It’s a pattern we’ve seen before, many times, and is actively encouraged on any number of campuses. Psychodrama is king. And again, if you reward emotional incontinence and fantasies of persecution - and make them badges of radical status, a way to get attention and leverage over others - then the people who internalise those values, who conform to this woke ideal, will tend to have rather unhappy mental habits. Narcissism seems a likely result, if not a prerequisite. Even in the most forgiving light, it’s a license for habitual, insufferable bellendery.

Anon a mouse

emotional incontinence

... backs away ... slowly

Daniel Ream

They think because they need help they can help other people.

There are a lot of people in social work, psychology, and addiction/at-risk youth counseling because they had (or continue to have) the very problems they seek to treat in others. It's a form of deflection: if they can fix others, that will somehow compensate for the fact that they can't or couldn't fix themselves.

Interestingly, I had a conversation with a neuropsychiatrist once who claimed that the worst thing someone with a serious disorder could do is get involved in the treatment organizations for that disorder, because it meant constantly wallowing in the environment that surrounds the disordered people, making a relapse or aggravation of the condition much more likely. He was a big fan of social contagion theory, that the best thing people trying to recover from a disorder could do is spend time around other people that weren't disordered.

David

There’s a follow-up video here, in which Janice Fiamengo discusses the story with Steve Brulé.

David
“Whiteness… is inherently violent.”

Says she.

Because one kind of dogmatic idiocy just wasn’t enough.

Jim

Steve E: "They think because they need help they can help other people."

Having worked as a specialist in behaviour management in a state department for human services it was my observation that the trades of welfare and social work attract people with a propensity to become co-dependent on/with other workers, but, worse still, their clients [aka victims]. As a group I never met a more dissolute bunch of nasty, bitchy people, though there were exceptions.

Jim

David: “Whiteness… is inherently violent.”

So where does this sheila see the great African leader Shaka Zulu, renowned for great cruelty and killing any who stood in his way, fitting into her social theories about those of us of Caucasian origins?

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Hi Daniel,

I agree with the neurologist. I’ve always thought that if you need advice, get it from someone who has what you want. If you wish to improve your housekeeping, ask the people you know who get the house cleaner than you do, faster than you do. And so forth.

There are 2 groups with whom this doesn’t work: skinny people and rich people. Not that they don’t try to help. Almost everyone likes to be asked for advice and wants to be helpful. The problem is, in America it’s taboo to admit you are rich, so your rich friend will blush, say “Oh, we’re not rich” and quickly drive off in his 6-figure car, with a friendly beep.

The fashionably emaciated admit they’re thin (they can’t very well hide it), but those who are skinny without dieting don’t know how they do it. You ask, they’re honestly stumped. One lady got so curious about the topic she kept track of her intake for a couple of days. Same food everybody else eats.

I think the secret of the skinnies may be that they’re always busy. I came to this tentative conclusion when I inherited a house and lost some weight. The damn thing always needed something repaired, replaced, painted, or cleaned (heavy-duty-type cleaning, not day-to-day). If we weren’t repairing, replacing, or painting, we were ranging through the vast expanse of the home store to find supplies to do same. So then I started more closely observing the skinnies. They do things like go to the xerox machine, then go again 5 minutes later when something else needs xeroxed. The fatties save up their xerox needs and copy a bunch of items at once. I have come to believe this sort of thing adds up over time.

billdehaan

They think because they need help they can help other people.

Hence the old joke "I never met a psychiatrist who didn't need a psychiatrist".

At least it used to be a joke.

There's also an underlying assumption that women are inherently less violent and aggressive than men are. The reality is that lesbian relations are more likely than heterosexual relationships to experience domestic violence, a fact that any social worker in the field, let alone a lesbian one, should be fully aware of.

Uncle Mikey

Janis is the best. Love her videos

pacificus

Old William Butler Y. hit it on the head:

"The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43290/the-second-coming

pacificus

low rent Machiavellians.

band name.

David

Having spent more time than a sane person should writing about these people, what’s remarkable is the deadening uniformity of their outpourings - their identikit indignation and the implausible-yet-inevitable claims of victimhood. These are supposedly clever and educated people – often educated at great expense at prestigious institutions – and yet they’re uncannily similar in their narrowness and regurgitated dogma. There’s little, if any, sense of subtlety, autonomy, or mental flexibility. Instead, the impression given is of a programme running.

NPC, as they say.

Steve E

Instead, the impression given is of a programme running.

And yet, one must develop the sang froid of someone like Hugh Mungus in order to deal with these people when they are encountered in the wild.

Richard Powell

It would be criminal if this article didn't get the attention it deserves.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/feb/24/my-boyfriend-wedding-dress-unveiled-shortcomings-masculinity

Orv

Substitute "jew" for "male" and the endgame for these literally Hitlers comes into startling focus.

David

It would be criminal if this article didn’t get the attention it deserves.

At times, it reads like a farcical romance novel.

Ian’s voice softened and dropped to a compassionate whisper. He pressed his fingers deeper into my fleece jacket… He wrapped his lace-doused arms around me and pulled me into folds of white fabric.

Given the author’s general obliviousness, I have no idea if this effect is intentional.

Tom
On the first weekend we hooked up, I had to yank a green sparkly dress over his head to unclothe him. Foreplay involved palming his glittery glutes while dancing to Kesha’s Woman and caressing his furry thigh along a hemline so tight you could almost see the outlines of each and every hair follicle beneath it.

o_ʘ

David

It would be criminal if this article didn’t get the attention it deserves.

Still, it’s another pretty good illustration of how leftism requires pretence, resulting in a dissonance between what the leftist feels she ought to think, and ought to be seen to be thinking, and what she actually thinks.

David

o_ʘ

If anyone’s getting aroused by this thread, I’m flicking the lights on and off.

Richard Powell

"His chest hair battled the sheer neckline. The skirt fanned out as wide as a beach umbrella – a garment fit for a Vegas chapel."

It has to be a spoof, surely. A quick Google search didn't reveal much about the author; it's the first time she's written for the Guardian, and I wonder if she's invented herself for the occasion.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

“...he immediately wanted to talk about feelings...”

Doesn’t everybody?

Well, they seem happy and I wish them all the best.

David

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Farnsworth M Muldoon

Mt. Ranier in the background, should have stopped reading right there.

“Do you find your boyfriend as attractive as I do?” whispered Eli, as we watched Ian plant his poles...

Yep,frustrated romance novelist wannabe.

“That was the first time I’ve undressed a man – from a dress!” I shrieked the next morning. My palms slapped the concrete countertop as I regaled my housemate Eli with stories from the night before.

“Oh girl, what an exciting milestone! Congratulations!” hollered Eli, an effervescent gay man who dons many dresses himself and is supportive of any man excited to do the same.


Sam

“Whiteness… is inherently violent.”

It's statements like this - ones designed to illicit (and then capitalize on) rage from the unconverted and humiliate (and therefore keep in line) fellow travelers - that have the best potential to radicalize fence sitters against black people/muslims/women/etc. The only question is if this is the intended result or the Anti-Westerners have seriously miscalculated.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“Whiteness… is inherently violent.”

Related, a curious message.

Sam

Never in the most treacherous hive of segregationists villainy was there even the thought to post signs saying "it's ok to hate n*ggers". Are these people accelerationists or are they simply spiking the football with heretofore unheard of levels of smug delight?

BrassG

"Social work" is akin to "community organizing," but doesn't pay as well.

Squires

“Whiteness… is inherently violent.”

Something something, Jews will only achieve liberation by ceasing to be Jewish.

"Social work" is akin to "community organizing," but doesn't pay as well.

It may less a matter of what you know, than of who you know. Still, at either level the primary service provided is keeping people on the plantation.

Darleen

Waking up and walking away from wokeness.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Waking up and walking away from wokeness.

I saw that earlier, and out of curiosity went to see what her other videos were (don't make my mistake).

Though it is good she sees the craziness being wrought, it is not as if she has been a mere passenger instead of either the blindfolded engineer or at least a blindfolded conductor on the train going full tilt over the washed out bridge, and who is now surprised there is massive wreckage.

Pooklord

Mt. Ranier in the background,

Rainier!

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Rainier!

That is its slave name before it transitioned...

Daniel Ream

The reality is that lesbian relations are more likely than heterosexual relationships to experience domestic violence

That's got a lot more to do with the ridiculously high incidence of mental health issues and history of sexual abuse among the demographic, tbh.

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