Joanna Russ on Bad Faith and Privilege

To act in act in a way that is both racist and sexist, to maintain one’s class privilege, it is only necessary to act in the customary, ordinary, usual, even polite manner.

Nonetheless I doubt that any of us who does so is totally without the knowledge that something is wrong. To slide into decisions without allowing oneself to realize that one’s making any, to feel dimly that one is enjoying advantages without trying to become clearly aware of what these advantages are (and who hasn’t go them), to accept mystifications because they’re customary and comfortable, cooking one’s mental books to congratulate oneself on traditional behavior as if it were actively moral behavior, to know that one doesn’t know, to prefer not to know, to defend one’s status as already knowing with half-sincere, half selfish passion as “objectivity” — this great, fuzzy area of human ingenuity is what Jean Paul Sartere calls bad faith.

Joanna Russ, How to Suppress Women’s Writing

There’s going to be more Joanna Russ inspired stuff here, because she’s fucking brilliant. Feminist scholar and fantastically creative science fiction writer, I claim her firmly as one of us.