This is the result of turning people into products, of using words that allow you to think of human beings as commodities, problems, objects.

As Nezua says:

If only this 17 year old girl had been seen as a human being, working hard for a future, and in need of certain care and protection. Like water. And shade.

Instead, she, like so many still are, was seen and treated like a modern-day slave, with no feelings or purpose beyond production.

It’s more noticeable because this woman was pregnant, because she was so young, maybe even because she was female. But regardless of all of those features, it happened because she was de-humanized. I don’t care how she got to where she was, I don’t care if she broke some laws to do it. She didn’t forfeit her humanity. Somebody else cashed it in.

Most likely somebody with a sunflower, who never knew her name.

(See also brownfemipower, who tries to explain why, in light of this ongoing, mass dehumanization, it’s difficult to feel “mournful” about Hillary Clinton’s individual, failed attempt to attain the status of highest sunflower in the land).


2 thoughts on “De-Humanizing

  1. Renee says:

    I completely agree…when there are so many more pressing issues effecting women globally HRC nor winning the nomination really is a small thing. Women are setting themselves on fire in Iraq to escape the brutality of their lives. I cannot drum up a tear for a white woman of privilege that didn’t get her way. She woke up the next day and still had a pretty good life.

  2. BetaCandy says:

    Is anyone asking us to be sad that Clinton “didn’t get her way?” Actually, I take that back – I’m sure they are, if only because we Americans are so emotionally-centered and navel-focused I don’t know how most of us tie our shoes in the morning without a therapist to help us through the rough parts.

    The tragedy that Clinton’s failure to secure the candidacy represents is not personal to her: it is the worrying thought that if a rich, educated white woman married to a former, very well-loved president can’t secure the nomination, what the fuck hope does any other woman in this country have? *Pakistan* has had a female leader, but we can’t and won’t.

    And yes, during the candidate selection process, it’s all about policies and we’re all very noble and gender blind and race blind and everyone’s all equal blah blah, but come November, the voters will prove that ultimately, when no one’s watching, it’s really all about keeping the status quo.

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