About Me

Counselling Placement with Govan Community Project

At the Pearce Institute in Govan the Govan Community Project community workers help asylum seekers access basic services; health, food-banks, shelter and support them with their asylum claims and appeals. I volunteered six weekly counselling sessions for the support workers. The sessions were a space to discuss their jobs, like supervision or any aspect of …

Hong Kong skyline with silhouette.
Antiracism

Privilege, self-censorship and moving towards acknowledging painful truths.

I listened to the fourth privilege ‘Fishbowl’ discussion on the experience of privilege or lack of privilege from a perspective of a person of colour. As a white person to listen into a conversation by and about people with colour this was a new experience.  The conversations I have and listen to are by white …

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Antiracism

Benevolent sexism and violent sexism – recognising how one supports the other.

During the call on Privilege I discuss in another post my attention was drawn to Peter Glick’s Research Symposium: Gender and Work  in which he discusses how Benevolent Sexism (BS) creates a double bind which is used to undermine women and justifies a backlash against feminism. An example of BS (yes, it makes me laugh too) is …

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Articles

Privilege – from a woman’s perspective

A ‘caller’ listening into this week’s NVC Academy discussion on Privilege, this time from a woman’s perspective, asked  the all female panel how each of them saw the link between physical violence against women and systemic violence (violence in the structure of our society, our economics, health, politics benefit men rather than the female experience). …

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Antiracism

“We’re all in the same boat, but we’re not on the same deck.”

I am aware of some of my privilege as a white, English speaking university educated woman. I have lived in Asia for most of the past ten years and am aware that my difference leads people to respond positively to me. If I want something I can usually get it, by elevating my language and …