Kink in exile

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So a couple of random things I found this morning that are making the gears turn in my brain turn slowly through their pre-coffee grog…

First off, Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement, which is a great explanation of what’s been floating around my brain recently vis-a-vis how we communicate a message to not the choir. I actually stole this from maymay’s livejournal which I didn’t know existed but turns out to be wealth of nerdy fun. You can find more context for and critique of this diagram there.

I also tracked down this 2009 post by Calico Lane on the Fetish Business of BDSM where Calico says of TNG groups that fail to attract participants “If your demographic isn’t buying, don’t get mad at them — fix your product.” Actually I’ve seen this a lot in feminist circles too – why don’t young women identify with feminism, don’t they know how much we’ve done for them?!  The idea that your constituency should be blindly grateful for your organization’s work and eager to participate in whatever way you dictate is endemic to the non-profit sector.  Volunteer run organizations feed so much into their core volunteer’s sense of identity that they easily shift from goal achievement to organizational maintenance, by which I mean: they lose focus on their constituency’s needs and broader social outfacing goals and  instead focus on keeping the organization alive, whether by securing funding or securing more members, withoutasking if the organization is still serving a valid need outside of itself.

 

Written by kinkinexile

December 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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  1. Yup. I nodded at two things in this post:

    I’ve seen this a lot in feminist circles too – why don’t young women identify with feminism, don’t they know how much we’ve done for them?! The idea that your constituency should be blindly grateful for your organization’s work and eager to participate in whatever way you dictate is endemic to the non-profit sector.

    This can be summed up by Susan B. Anthony’s lovely quote, “It is not our job to make young women grateful. It is to make them ungrateful, so they keep going.” Naturally, an understanding of this needs to be coupled with the corollary, which you hit on, too:

    Volunteer run organizations feed so much into their core volunteer’s sense of identity that they easily shift from goal achievement to organizational maintenance[…].

    And this can be summed up by Clay Shirky’s brilliant observation, “An institution is inherently exclusionary.” (Quote is 4 minutes and 10 seconds into his speech.)

    So, yeah, *nods.* 🙂

    maymay

    January 1, 2012 at 3:07 am


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