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File Under “Unpopular Opinions, #242” [20170623|11:37]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[with a hint of |silence]

I’ll never understand the pride people take in saying, “I was born and bred here” or the use of the same phrase to defend one’s perceived superiority or deservingness of housing, health care or other basic human rights.

I mean, what did you, yourself, actually do to influence where you were born or bred? Unless you were a particularly ambitious embryo, the answer is “nothing”. Sure, your parents might have made some kind of effort to select your place of birth. Maybe they strove to move to better housing in a neighbourhood with better services and schools. Maybe they’re even immigrants, like my dad, and they struggled long and hard to learn their fourth language in order to integrate into their adopted country. But you? You didn’t do anything. Why are you so proud of that? Think of the things you've accomplished in your life. Isn't it far more fitting and fulfilling to be proud of those?

And why the obsession with asserting the superiority of a single identity over the others? “I’m English first and then British.” Pro-tip: Most of the rest of the world considers both of those to be synonymous with “ex-colonialist imperialist arsehole” so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose. ^.^

Here is a list of the geographically-linked identities that I consider myself able to lay claim to. I’m proud of some and not others.

  • American
  • British
  • European
  • Hawai’ian
  • Filipino
  • Olympian
  • Seattleite
  • Angeleno
  • San Diegan
  • Londoner
  • Brummie (this is a new one; still feels a little odd)


Today, I think I’m proudest of being European. I earned that identity and that passport, and I’m still very pissed off that some people want to take it away.

Today is also, weirdly, simultaneously:

  • the anniversary of Brexit, aka the Colossal Waste of Time and Money Foisted Upon Us by a Generation That Tore Down Decades of Painstakingly Won Goodwill with Our Neighbours and Won’t Live to Experience the Disastrous Consequences, Thanks a Lot, Dickheads.

    And

  • International Women in Engineering Day


So, to close this post, here is a peaceful photo of a woman doing some engineering.

Scientist at work

This entry was originally posted at http://nanila.dreamwidth.org/1092672.html. The titration count is at comment count unavailable.0 pKa.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2017-06-23 20:34 (UTC)
This spoke to me on that very point.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-06-30 21:10 (UTC)
Oh, very cool. Thank you for sharing that.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2017-06-26 07:19 (UTC)

Morning, Can you expand on the 'Olympian'please is that a reference to a location or the sports body (and therefore a community to which you belong)?
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2017-06-26 11:13 (UTC)
I'm reckoning it's Olympia, Washington or something, but Nanila is definitely on my short-list of people who are secretly/not-so-secretly IRL Wonder Woman.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2017-06-26 15:27 (UTC)
:)

I think she has Hermione's time turner because I cannot figure how how she fits everything in !
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2017-06-30 21:10 (UTC)
Am willing to confirm that the first part of this statement is correct.
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