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If cultural criticism hurts your feelings too badly...

...just say your safe-word and we'll stop.


I'm reminded of the phrase...

..."stupid people think everyone is as stupid as they are."

These absurd little people who pronounce themselves allies even as they dismiss, contradict, explain at, berate and outright abuse us... are you freakin' kidding?

WE SEE YOU, OKAY? You're not fooling anyone... except maybe your own ridiculous selves.

I mean, that's what makes it all so puke-inducingly galling. As opposed to "merely" ignorant, petulant and pathetic.

So for shining sunlight on this latest example of these peewee-league performance artists. The sooner they all find new hobbies, or maybe even learn to function in this thing called society... well, the sooner the better.

Aristotle is credited with saying...

..."It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

I'd suggest a corollary exists: that the inability to accept ideas that challenge -- and even demonstrably refute -- our own opinions is the sign of a constrained intellect.

It is the worst sort of cognitive failure, I'd argue, one that destroys all credibility in the individual over time.

When the facts are at odds with our opinions, what do we do? That's the true measure of a mind. And a useful gauge of our character, as well.

I feel kind of the same way about the phrase "gender wars."

Now that's a made-up term designed to silence conversation.

Seems to pop up whenever women discuss our life experiences and relative positions in the world.

Just don't let anyone know it's a honeypot...

...for vendetta-minded DUers, not to mention trolls former and current!

Seriously though, the jury system struck me as something truly innovative when you unveiled it.

Still does, no hate here.

It's just that you haven't been able to design around its biggest flaw: us, the mostly-sentient, questionably rational, internet-dwelling life forms making use of it.

Myself included.

So this new experiment in applied social science could be fascinating. Or terrifying. Can't wait to see.

Good news: You can take a breather and stop worrying.

Because it turns out no one is expecting you to solve all the problems. Heck, you're not expected to solve ANY of them. No one is.

You see, solving big problems is a group project and lots of other people want to pitch in too, some of them neither white nor male. Imagine that!

Sure, it would be great if you wanted to pitch in as well, but that's entirely your choice.

If it all seems too daunting, or if working in big and often unstructured groups is not your thing... well fine. Not a problem.

Other folks are happy to get on with the project, and ask only that you avoid interrupting their work.

I couldn't say where they've come from, but yes I'd agree...

... DU seems to be crawling with conservatives, more so than I remember from years ago. And it's incredibly obvious even from just a casual scan of the site.

Lots of the sort of ugly-minded thinking that, to me, marks the right wing: arrogant, uncaring, dismissive, incurious. Simmering with resentment, soaked in privilege.

I'm certain their "objections" are not genuine at all.

I'm certain that this all a tactic they deploy: Phony Outrage.

Newt Gingrich built his whole career on this kind of shit back in the 1990s.

Screeching and squawking, boo hoo hoo-ing over every little thing.

Blowing even the most minor comment massively out of proportion.

Squealing "it's reprehensible!!!" and demanding constant apologies.

The goal: Knock your opponent back on his heels, get him reacting to nonsense instead of pressing his own attack.

Sidetrack the conversation, get people all riled-up and arguing over anything but the hard truths we as a people have to face, the important decisions we need to make.

Gingrich injected this toxic technique into our national discourse decades ago. And he's still at it now.

I'm convinced there's no "why" to this latest criticism of Pres. Obama, because there's no sincerity to it at all.

It's just intended to fuck things up. That's what they do.

Excellent, excellent post.

Please consider turning it into an OP.

They have taken the "Big Lie" technique and mated it to a stunningly cruel and cynical sadism, to produce something monstrous.

Truly monstrous.

How Not to be Defensive When Accused of Transphobia (A Guide For Cis People)

By Lisa Harney
QuestioningTransphobia.com

3) Take the criticism seriously. Do not dismiss it out of hand, especially if the criticism comes from a trans person. Trans people tend to be more aware of transphobia than most cis people are. This is because transphobic attitudes are often a matter of life and death – the ability to find a job, get housing, not get murdered, that sort of thing. ...

5) Don’t Make It About Your Accuser. ...Don’t tell them they’re trying to silence you – they’re not, they’re trying to tell you how your words and actions hurt them. Don’t tell them they’re driving you away. Don’t make the accusation that “any disagreement with a trans person is labeled as transphobia.” None of these things are true, and trying to claim they are is simply an attempt to stop others from pointing out your transphobic behavior. ...

6) Don’t "Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner." Don’t try to justify your actions by claiming you’re opposed to transgender politics. Just don’t. You’re rationalizing your transphobia and imposing your worldview on trans people, by assigning motives and politics to them that they may not themselves have. ...You’re not dealing with theory, you’re dealing with human beings, and their lives. To you, the question as to whether trans people have valid identities may be a matter of theory. For trans people, it’s a matter of life and death.


Link:
http://www.questioningtransphobia.com/?p=2632
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