I have finished the essay Josh sent me on the lower middle class and read the posts here on the Wiscon identity panel and done some thinking out loud by myself. I am wondering if it might be worthwhile considering a group blog on class.
What I actually started thinking about was the early days of second wave feminism, when we had consciousness raising groups, because many women simply could not think about sexism. It was right there in front of them, but they couldn't see it clearly. Remember "the personal is political?"
My experience of the Wiscon class panel is -- when people start talking about their own class background, the panel disappears into a black hole.
But in reading the essay Josh sent me, I kept thinking, "that isn't the way I have experienced life" and "if that is true, how do you explain my father?"
So personal experience does matter. But it probably can't be handled in a 75 minute panel.
Which leads to the idea of the group blog...
I'm also thinking it might be a good idea to have discussions of the topic at next year's Wiscon -- an hour or two in a room, where people begin to explore the topic. What is class? How does it influence our lives?
I think we may have jumped a whole stage of exploration in trying to do class panels that come to a conclusion.