*slams fist on table* give me yuri written by women for women
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (via unwritten-heaven)
its true its true being sad and in pain is the most banal most TEDIOUS way to exist and if you think in a million years that being happy is not interesting or fun then im so sorry for you
the utter bore of evil is ignored so often because “tragedy makes a great story” but does it really? im so sick and tired of this mentality and the fact that i always want a happy ending is seen as childish
the real interesting stories are the ones where people are given a chance to be happy, to become great, to stop bad things from happening, to be saved. it doesnt have to be easy for them. but i reject the idea that suffering is beautiful.
academics should strive to make academia (and especially theory) accessible to as many people as possible. what’s the point of creating knowledge if you make it hard to understand and therefore even harder to share??
serious answer (I agree with the OP): because gatekeeping is a way to keep privilege in the hands of the privileged, and because, as a professor has told me, Academics do not (generally speaking in the US) make a whole lot of money. So in a capitalistic society, their “currency” is entirely based on intellectual property, ego, etc — in this respect, their worth is often based on how other academics perceive them, and the Academy does not exist to disseminate knowledge to the masses, but to the rest of the academy.
Even the academics who choose to make themselves extremely accessible run the risks of: being outsed by the academy, losing respect and standing both IN and OUTSIDE the academy, being perceived as having no capitalistic “value” because if everyone can know it, why do you need experts?, and in rare cases, the loss of meaning (e.g. some field specific terminology which must be learned in order to be understood is important to advanced understanding of many fields).
It’s INCREDIBLY difficult to say: “the academy SHOULD be accessible, knowledge should be shared” and then simultaneously convince everyone your knowledge is still “worth” it monetarily to society. Unfortunately for academics who write for laypeople, we must constantly answer the question “Why do we need you if anyone can do this?” People with money don’t want to fund the academy to teach everyone, it would be counter-intuitive to maintaining their power and they know that.