quizzicallyqueer:

Social skills for autonomous people: Assume your audience contains poor people

realsocialskills:

Many teachers, religious leaders, and civic leaders want to raise awareness of poverty, often in a move to get their people to favor more socially progressive laws.

One way they do this is by promoting poverty simulations like The Snap Challenge or a Hunger Banquet.

Often, the way they talk…

quizzicallyqueer said:

I think this goes for a lot of simulations. My school used to do a safe space training for LGBT identities, and I went to it because I wanted to be able to mark my space as being LGBT friendly. The first activity we did, however, was all about ‘imagining a world where being heterosexual was considered unnatural and wrong’ and the facilitator spent a ton of time talking about how that would make dating and kids and media all really hard. But for me, an actual queer person in the space, it felt like a joke, and it was kind of insulting to hear people talk about how they’d never thought of these things and now their eyes were opened to all the hardships (as though one afternoon could really teach you much).

Pretty much any time you’re doing a thing for awareness, assume you might have someone in your audience who already lives it. especially if it is/can be an invisible identity.

realsocialskills said:

Yes, this is definitely the case for other simulations as well. Basically, it is important to assume that if you’re talking about a thing *it is of interest to the people it actually affects*.