What if we assume Alex from the controversial NYT story about surrogacy knew exactly what she was getting herself into all along??? After reading all the letters to the editor about “how could the editors do this to her” and “did no one tell her?” and “why the photos b/c they show this for what it is?” and questioning her lack of guilt about her privilege and the total lack of critical analysis about the class dynamic at play…I have to wonder… I don’t think Alex is any dummy. She’s been writing for the NYT for a long time, she probably knows a lot of stuff, including how people perceive characters in stories and form opinions through pictures. She doesn’t have to gravel in guilt about her white privilege or take some high road to explain it all away – all she has to do is tell the story as she lived it and that, alone, provides all of us with the cold, no-holds barred truth of class privilege in America. It gave us all the chance to see it for what it truly is. And, from what I can tell from the letters and the blogs…people saw it, loud and clear.
And, maybe, this is what she planned all along.
But, her candor, is gold, b/c now we all know – we are not crazy, this is truly how privilege works. Now, we can do something about it.