Class consciousness I
Who IS afraid of the working class?
Are your roots working class?
Committed to redistribution of wealth?
Don't want to be associated with the riff raff?
Do you think we live in a classless society?
There is a view that we may have transcended class.
Yet there are glacial differences in who has access to wealth, education, employment, housing and other services.
When searching for working class images on google I found:
people staring at computers (they’re working),
- gym bunnies making it burn
(they’re working (in a gym) class), and
- a male model striking various poses in
overalls (no class).
The Two Girls live in Hobart’s northern suburbs, on the other side
of the flannelette curtain or the café latte line of Creek Road.
Creek Road is Hobart's great class divide. It separates the municipalities of Hobart and, well everything else really.
|The flannelette curtain|
The Northern ‘burbs get a lot of stick: working class, under-class, poor, Adidas-wearing, bogan, loser, tardo, crim, Housing Department, you-name-it stereotype.
One dinner guest once insisted on parking in my driveway, because he was worried his car would be broken into just because it was Moonah.
Touch wood, I’ve never
been broken into here but they’ve had loads of intrusions into their North
Hobart abode so go figure.
The Two Girls are not going to try and convince you of the Northern suburb’s gentrification.
But we do love where we live and we like celebrating what the other side of the flannelette curtain has
So we're up for raising class consciousness because there are plenty of good reasons to cross the great class divide.
There's nothing to be afraid of.
You might even find a decent
latte…even if it is at one of the Two Girls’ homes.
Why do working class suburbs get such a bad rap?