To be incorporated into page if you like, I don't have the time for a thoughtful writeup:
- competing in the Oppression Olympics attaches something like a moral dimension to oppression, in which the oppressed are worthier. There are legit aspects (ie, respecting safe space, people stating their experiences and leading their own activism) but OO comes closer to "I have more oppression points than you, I win the game"
- even taking part in this kind of discourse is a relatively privileged kind of thing: the real "winners" of the OO are never likely to come near the kind of debate where it happens or to be able to take part. It's likely that everyone able to participate in anti-oppression activism needs a privilege check occasionally
Thayvian 07:08, January 28, 2010 (UTC)
Ugh "Global south"
Can someone revert this change please? It is NOT clearer. "Global south" is a ridiculous term (most of the countries people mean when they say this are northern hemisphere, and it ignores developed countries in the southern hemisphere) but apart from that, people from developed countries other than the US can still participate in oppression olympics based on location (I say this as I consider living in Australia to be an axis of -- not oppression exactly, but definitely lesser privilege/marginalisation in geek circles; there's also the European "your feminism is US cultural imperialism!!!1" thing). --Skud (talk) 22:12, February 10, 2015 (UTC)
- Actually never mind. I don't have "revert" privs but I can manually change it back. --Skud (talk) 22:13, February 10, 2015 (UTC)
Usage as a slur?
It's my experience that "oppression Olympics" is a pejorative term used by anti-feminism advocates to indicate when people seem to be holding their oppression up as a status symbol, but in this case it's the bringing-up that's done in order to derail whatever conversation is going on, or maybe just to point out that this problem is happening. Should this be a part of the page description, or is the term as used by anti-feminists simply an extension of the term as used within feminist circles? 188.8.131.52 08:42, May 25, 2015 (UTC)