Privileging the Past

November 23, 2008

In my third post of the day…

A recent conversation about atheism and the privileging of faith, made me think about the privileged status the past has in our society. Things are so often justified on the grounds simply that they are old. In a particularly irksome example, the standard defence of prostitution on the grounds that ‘it’s the world’s oldest profession’ has been trotted out again this week in response to the criminalisation of men who use controlled/pimped/trafficked prostitutes.

Slavery also has a long pedigree. It doesn’t make it right.

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