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"Inclusion is not about everyone feeling comfortable; it is more accurate to think of it as the redistribution of discomfort." - Cate Huston (@catehstn )
An important part of activism is learning to sit with discomfort, recognise it and then seek to undo or remedy it - accepting that you have privilege may feel uncomfortable, adapting your language to be more inclusive may take effort and dedicated thought, and the work to improve inclusion may make those who've always had the opportunities, space and voice feel like they are losing something rather than experiencing a leveling of the playing field. Inevitably, if more people have opportunities and are considered welcome in more areas of society, those spaces become more competitive and less exclusive - most of us see this as a good thing, but that doesn't mean that there isn't an element of discomfort involved for those who previously enjoyed the exclusivity. .
There's pressure to make all social change sound easy and lovely for everyone involved - of course, a more equal and inclusive society IS better for everyone, but change can be challenging, and uncomfortable. That doesn't mean it shouldn't happen - it absolutely should - but we like this quote as a reminder that the journey isn't easy. It also emphasises that we should always consider the discomfort that social change and inclusion is *alleviating* rather than focusing on those who had the opportunities in the first place.
Being discriminated against, disbelieved, dismissed and left out can have a hugely negative impact on people - on their well-being and on their quality of life. No one should have to feel that way. We all need to learn to power through the uncomfortable but necessary conversations, to face the discomfort that comes with recognising the ways that society may have been kinder to you than others, and to work together to make the changes in our society that improve inclusion, acceptance and equality for all.
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