Respectability Politics: Act Like The System So That The System Will Listen?

Yep. nail on the head. I’ve seen way too much compromise of practices and beliefs to accommodate the mainstream, a watering down of our traditions, a culling of anything that might be shocking or offensive to mainstream america and it’s bullshit. Absolute, unadulterated bullshit. We betray ourselves, our community, our traditions, and most of all our Gods when we engage in this type of thing. It’s cowardice pure and simple.


“In the 21st century, respectability is fast shaping up to be the New Closet.” — Mark Simpson, The Guardian

“So what exactly are respectability politics? In short, they are an undefined yet understood set of ideas about how Black people should live positively and how we should define Black American culture. Ironically, they’re usually a huge hindrance to both.” — Maurice E Dolberry, A Line In The Sand

”The twenty-first-century version of the politics of respectability works to accommodate neoliberalism.” — Fredrick C. Harris, Dissent

“The goal of respectability politics may be noble, but the execution is flawed, damaging, and ineffective. By indulging in respectability politics, we acquiesce to the racially biased idea that the actions of individual black people are representative of the whole. We add to the pre-existing burdens of racism and sexism. And we fail to solve our problem, because we move the responsibility for eradicating race and…

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Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on March 20, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. And cue the usual suspects to accuse you of being a “radical extremist inciting pagan jihad” in five, four, three…..

    …Even though you’ve really said nothing different from the men taking part in this convo. Because it’s and least kind of acceptable for men to be subversive and rebellious, but when a woman says the same things, she’s irrespectable And even dangerous to a community. That’s why you seldom hear of women from the Beat movement — they certainly existed, but their families ended up getting them institutionalised And lobotomised because of “respectability”.

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    • I’m pretty openly autistic/disabled and bisexual and I go around representing paganism & polytheism in settings ranging from my alma mater, a Lutheran College, a UU church I belong to, and the St Paul Council of Churches/Interfaith Network. So far no Pagan or Christian heads have exploded, they’re mostly “oh you’re here, too?!” Then again in the Twin Cities community, we practically have tell people “Umm, yes you can be Pagan and ” Maybe they are stiffer in other places…


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