The easiest way to ignore something is to call it an emotion, yet it’s also the easiest way to defend something if you’re the kind of person whose emotions are taken seriously.
In fact, every one of us is deeply and usefully motivated by emotion, but marginalized people are too often cast as the ones with an emotion problem, and people in power too often downplay the validity of emotion, as long as it’s not their own. The belittling of emotion has never been about objectivity. It’s an excuse to stop listening to people stepping out of their “place.”
Lue loputkin: Sarah Bronson: Stop Treating Emotions Like Character Flaws Of The Powerless