I’m posting this video in which I am interviewed by Edwin Rutsch of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy because it works well as a Yuletide message – a reminder to myself, as much as anyone else, of how we can hold onto the best of aspirations for ourselves and each other – to be good at relating, to communicate our feelings in ways that can be heard, to listen to and fully meet the difference in others. Because if I want a happier world I have to start building it myself, and inevitably I am going to sometimes get that wrong, but hopefully if I am clear in my intentions I will help more than I hinder.
Because the video is long, I have picked out a few segments that say things that are particularly important to me.
Here I speak about my reasons for starting this blog:
Here I explain why I think empathy should be at the heart of any feminist revolution, an expansion of my earlier blog on empathy:
Here I give my take on the privilege debate, something I previously blogged about:
Here I speak about anger and empathy within feminism and activism:
Here I talk a bit more about why in my blog on empathy I said “diagnosing and theorising about people without their involvement is inherently paternalistic – the very essence of a patriarchal approach” in response to transcritical debate from non-trans feminists:
Wishing everyone who reads this a peaceful Yuletide and a New Year full of hopeful connections and increased understanding.