Reminder that fascists in history have only been dealt with in one way:

Peace talks didnt stop nazis. This did ^


Did it…? Peace talks definitely didn’t, but if “that ^” had been enough, there wouldn’t’ve been proud “ex-nazis” 30 years later, or any modern neo-nazis.

I don’t think we’ve found an effective way yet.

Roundcat, avatar

They returned cause we let up .

entropicdrift, avatar

It stopped them from ruling Europe at the time, yes.

Kajo, (edited )

Not to mention the fact that Nazism thrived on the devastation wrought by Germany’s defeat in 1918.

And It wasn’t the World War II that broke the cycle of wars in the heart of Europe (WWI was consequence of the war in 1870). It was the project to build a peaceful European union.

dingus, (edited ) avatar

Agreed with points all around, just wanted to add:

  1. “People need to be educated, and you’re not going to change their minds by becoming hostile.”

It frankly isn’t our job to teach bigots to not be bigots. That’s on them to learn to be better people, and if they can’t, then fuck 'em.

Also, frankly, being over forty years old has taught me that not becoming hostile and trying to educated these fuckin cretins doesn’t work either, because they don’t give a fuck about anyone but themselves. They will only care about a political issue when it affects them directly, and even then, they’ll only want solutions for themselves and still act like it shouldn’t be a big deal for others.

They are not acting in good faith, so why the fuck would we waste our time teaching people who want to erase us?

  1. “[Famous person] literally did the bare minimum to support gay people, so I doubt they’re transphobic.”

The only person who can name someone as an ally is someone from the community that needs allies.

If I am cisgender walk around calling myself an ally, even if I participate in allyship: I’m kind of an asshole.

If, on the other hand, I walk around participating in allyship, but rather, describe myself as “aspiring to be an ally,” then: Maybe, just maybe, I’ll actually do enough good works for someone in the community to think I am an ally. You don’t get fucking bonus points for being Cisgender and bare minimum not being a shitheel. Actually stand up for the trans community, or take a hike, we don’t need performative allyship.

I haven’t seen a single megastar really stand up for the trans community.

  1. “They’re from a different time.”

Maybe they should go live in a fucking cave, then, if they can’t fucking hack it in the modern world. Fucking neanderthals.

I mean Jesus tittyfucking Christ, The Second Sex was written in Nineteen Fucking Forty-Nine. How old does the concept of gender identity need to be for these jerks to fucking accept it? They need to crack open a fucking book once in a while. The idea that they’re from a different time is a fucking joke when the concept itself is seventy-four fucking years old. (and very likely much older, just not articulated in Western literature)

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    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    I haven’t seen a single megastar really stand up for the trans community.

    The only ones I can think of are those who are transgender themselves, such as Lil Uzi Vert


    It’s no one’s job to do anything. But if you want to achieve real world results you have to work with the psychology of real world humans. This isn’t a game with an even playing field, it’s real life where people that pursue truth have to work way harder than those that peddle lies.

    It’s a completely understandable sentiment because it’s an inherently unfair dynamic, no argument there. But if you want to change things you have to change people and that requires acknowledging that human minds are resistant to corrections and get even more obstinate in the face of hostility. Especially when there’s a whole political movement of reactionaries that will lie about you to get their way.

    Not everyone is worth the effort of course, some are too dogmatically attached to their beliefs and others are just contrarian assholes that like hurting others. But the existence of close minded assholes doesn’t mean they are the only people that exist.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    resistant to corrections and get even more obstinate in the face of hostility

    Projection much?


    Actually it’s a well established psychological phenomenon:

    Got any actual response to my point or just more arrogant snark?


    I think you were probably blocked for good reason, but that analysis does not mention a single thing about being obstinate in the face of hostility or aggression. In fact, the paper states “Several studies have tried to analyze components and qualities of resistance to change, but their conclusions have been, to a large extent, divergent.” So the answer is actually “We dunno” not a trans person was mean to them for good reason and now they refuse to change.

    But yeah, by all means, keep tone policing and mis-representing meta-analysis


    I was blocked because their insult didn’t land and they got upset. If you want to keep looking into it you’ll see, I’m referring to a real phenomenon and how it can affect the success of activism.

    Honestly though blocking me for a good faith comment and providing a source kinda backs my point to be honest.


    You’re missing the forrest for the trees. It doesn’t matter if people are obstinate in the face of a change in view. Nobody is denying that. The point is that it is not up to oppressed people to be nice to their oppressor. That

    1. Does not work
    2. Is at best tone policing

    The problem isn’t the reaction to hate, the problem is the hate.

    dingus, avatar

    Yeah I heard at the end of World War II the Jewish people all got together and bought presents for Hitler and he was like “Oh wow, I’ve been so wrong, Jewish people are good!” (it also helped that he watched 21 Jump Street) and then he released them all and that was the end of that. /s

    The idea that you can bring your oppressors around by being kind to them is some fucking stockholm syndrome shit.

    RadioRat, avatar

    This is tone deaf asf tbh. The post is in reference to Beehaw, a place with exceedingly high trans* representation, not the world at large. It’s reasonable to expect people to educate themselves pretty heckin quick in a community like this.


    I guess that’s fair. I went a bit too broad for the specific topic at hand. Didn’t notice it was exclusively about one server.

    Sorry for derailing.


    How old does the concept of gender identity need to be for these jerks to fucking accept it?

    Forever. Some will always oppose it; whether just to be jerks, or because it gives them control over someone.

    PelicanPersuader, avatar

    I’m a non-binary person who used to be pretty transmedicalist, if not outright transphobic and especially enbyphobic. Part of what brought me around was a de-escalation in the anger around explaining trans issues. When I first became aware of issues around using pronouns and non-binary people in 2012-ish, there was a lot of fury and very little real explaining. Just people berating others over not asking everyone for their pronouns or not understanding things about trans people. I was too scared to ask questions because everyone seemed so ready to jump down others throats and it really soured me, to the point of hanging around hate sites. It wasn’t the only thing that pushed me in that direction but it certainly didn’t push me away from being hateful.

    A good part of what helped me come around understand was de-escalation of the anger and a genuine effort to explain things slowly and without judgement. After a while, sites started putting out longer articles about the nuances of trans and non-binary identities, and after I finally broke away from the hate sites, reading those helped me finally get it. I understand some of the anger. I get mad too. But I know from experience that yelling doesn’t help convert anyone.


    Thank you. Many times the most transphobic people are themselves trans and scared, rather than sharing reactionaey murdoch nees talking points. I’m glad that you discovered yourself accurately after that rocky path!


    I’d like to remind everyone that “bee kind” includes not accepting, normalizing, and ignoring transphobic opinions and beliefs. We’re all together in this.

    I’d like to remind you that you don’t get to redefine words.

    Having said that, I spent many hours having reasoned talks with *phobes and getting then to slowly see some light somewhere. Even if it’s a glimmer, I think that’s worth it. You don’t get to tell me that I should yell at those people.



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    1. I didn’t notice I was on beehaw
    2. I’m not transphobic. The trans dick I had up my ass recently can attest to that.
    3. the person IS redefining words. If you start changing what words mean then things get messy fast.
    4. just because I’m not “kill all the anti trans” doesn’t mean I’m excusing trans phobia


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  • alyaza, avatar

    i don’t think this chain is going anywhere productive, so i’m going to pre-emptively nip it in the bud. i think the first two comments between you are sufficient and that past those two comments this is going to go nowhere.


    I wouldn’t take a broad appeal for decency as a personal attack against you.


    I didn’t notice any attack against me. I was just commenting on that I don’t think that aggression against -lets call them- consevatives, neo-Nazi’s, right wingers, whatver, works or is wanted


    I was just commenting on that I don’t think that aggression against -lets call them- consevatives, neo-Nazi’s, right wingers, whatver, works or is wanted

    I’ve been nice to them and trying to politely educate them for over 20 years now, since W was in office. I’ve convinced a grand total of 2, and in the meantime, 30 million worse ones have arisen.

    Fuck them. I’m done assuming they only hate me because they’re uneducated. They hate me because they get off on hate, and all the education in the fucking world doesn’t matter to them. So I treat them like scum, and their arguments like jokes, because they are.

    Don’t like it? Too bad. Cry more, salty.


    I’ve been nice to them and trying to politely educate them for over 20 years now, since W was in office. I’ve convinced a grand total of 2, and in the meantime, 30 million worse ones have arisen.

    holy shit are you me?


    The internet is expanding everyday. You and I are likely to stumble upon people from different regions and backgrounds, who some have no clue who liberals or conservatives are, but share great amount of that *phobia due to their upbringing and religion.

    My guess is that the “fuck them” attitude is even more useless towards them. They’re not crying at all because they don’t even interact with people they despise.


    If you give up on the world then don’t cry when the world gives up on you and i you become more hostile to them, they will get more hostile to you.

    You don’t want things to become better, you just want revenge for whatever slights they did you

    alyaza, avatar

    You don’t want things to become better, you just want revenge for whatever slights they did you

    personally i think “murdering or wanting to murder queer people for being queer” is more than a “slight” and is fine to answer with “revenge”. this sort of placation has never worked for any oppressed group in history—it’s certainly not about to work for queer people—and you should probably not be here if people calling that placation out for what it is makes you like this.


    This is how we take the conversation back. Good on ya!


    Thanks. It’s not least appreciated I guess, looking at other comments.


    I’d like to remind you that you don’t get to redefine words.

    Yeah I don’t think that’s what happened and definitely didn’t read it that way in the post.


    Inaction against intolerance is a form of action, is it not? “Bee kind” is not just a call to not be mean, it’s a call to act in kindness.

    I believe the poster is probably right in that it stirs more toward fostering acceptance rather than simply ignoring hate.

    It’s not compelled speech, per se—Beehaw users need to have an active role in order to make it the kind of place people want to bee.


    For better or worse, you share a planet with a lot of people. Many of these people don’t share your opinions, and that’s okay. You’re stuck with them anyway, so you may as well learn how to get along with them.

    darq avatar

    Many of these people don’t share your opinions

    What "opinions" are being referred to here, hmm? Be specific.

    You’re stuck with them anyway, so you may as well learn how to get along with them.

    Do you say the same thing to bigots? Or do you only self-righteously lecture minorities? Sod off.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    Oh look, exhibit A arrived. Guess we just need to tolerate bigotry then since we share a planet with these people ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    Here’s an idea: Why don’t you go comment on reddit or 4chan and leave me the fuck alone? I didn’t come to beehaw to deal with exhausting people like you.

    Kolanaki, avatar

    You say that

    People need to be educated, and you’re not going to change their minds by becoming hostile.

    Is a bad take, but then your follow up explanation doesn’t really go into detail about the sentiment behind this statement and reads completely off topic. Do you really think hostility is necessary to educate? Like when responding to an ignorant comment, are you yelling at them? As irrational as some phobics are, I agree you’re not going to change their minds by flying off the handle and yelling at them or using hostile language. Not only do many people of all opinions respond poorly to that, the ones making bad faith arguments want you to get pissed and make you look irrational. Don’t fucking let them.


    Bad take. I don’t want it to be up to me as a trans person to educate anyone anymore. And if they’re bad faith ban them lmao.

    Kolanaki, (edited ) avatar

    Bad take. I don’t want it to be up to me as a trans person to educate anyone anymore.

    No, this is a bad take. You’re in the best possible position to educate people about your own thoughts, feelings, and what it is like being trans. Your voice can make changes that would help other trans people. If everyone shared this attitude, the only people educating others about trans would be non-trans people who have no idea what it’s like to be trans.

    If they truly are in bad faith, you would still have to engage them beyond reading one question to know that for sure, and this side of the LGBTQA+ community has a really bad habit of immediately being triggered by pretty much any questions about trans topics, regardless of how they are presented or by whom.

    Franzia, (edited )

    I read this thread and I agree with you. I can’t give up on those who don’t understand.

    I wanna add though, I chose Blahaj Zone (the trans safe space instance) because I’m finding arguments distracting. I think at this point, I get a lot more pride and hope out of finding out an artist or musician is trans. Everytime Pigstep plays in minecraft I just stand there and enjoy it.


    oh my god if educating transphobes was our job we’d never have time to do anything else

    HumbleHobo, avatar

    It’s not a trans persons responsibility to have to explain their existence though. Can you imagine how exhausting that would be? Give them a break. Give them some cover. I actually love all my trans friends and I try to listen and see what they want. I don’t put the burden on them to be the trans explainer in all situations.

    I just give them love when they need it, and an ear when they need it. I think, just like all of us, they just want to exist and not be hassled about it most times, and if given the right space and the right moment they might tell you about their experience and maybe you’ll get a chance to help.

    Kolanaki, avatar

    I see this as being the difference between covering a friend and coddling them. I’ll defend everyone in this community with my life if it came to it. But I’m not going to coddle anyone from non-threats, and take the time to actually make sure if someone is simply curious or is a bad faith actor before hand. While it can be obvious sometimes, many times it’s just a non-trans ally who wants to learn. I think it’s best to give benefit of the doubt at first, until any ulterior motives are exposed.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    your follow up explanation doesn’t really go into detail about the sentiment behind this statement and reads completely off topic

    Are you misinterpreting my post? These are not arguments said by me – these are arguments that come from bad-faith actors who are polluting what are supposed to be welcoming forums by putting the onus on us to behave politely when they are coming into threads with their nonsensical gish gallop. Here you can read more about this. It’s the “You got upset, I win” bullshit that infested reddit and is now infesting Lemmy.

    Like when responding to an ignorant comment, are you yelling at them?

    Sometimes, yes, and it is not my place to defend my right to exist, and now I’m yelling at you.

    you’re not going to change their minds by flying off the handle and yelling at them or using hostile language

    Again, changing their minds is not my place. In an inclusive forum, LGBT+ people don’t have to defend our right to exist constantly. If someone wants to learn, there are places they can go that won’t exhaust a bunch of innocent people trying to exist.

    the ones making bad faith arguments want you to get pissed and make you look irrational

    Yes, and this is why they need to be removed from this community. They don’t belong in a space that is supposed to be validating and welcoming to all.

    Don’t fucking let them.

    Oh wow, haven’t heard this one before a million times from bigots and their defenders. Thanks for the contribution, Dr. Phil. Now go fuck yourself. Reported.

    alyaza, avatar

    i don’t know why you’ve reported this because the person you’re talking to clearly is not doing what you’re charging them of doing. they just disagree with you–and, well, we’re not going to throw someone who clearly isn’t a bad faith actor or a nazi off the site for disagreeing with you on whether or not hostility toward transphobes is a good tactic or not.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    I disagree. I don’t mind if they want to be polite to transphobes and take that approach, but I think I made it clear in my post that I’m disgusted with people who arrogantly presume to lecture us on how we need to be nicer. It’s all part of the severely misguided idea that people withdraw allyship because we’re not kind and patient enough. Sometimes anger is justified. I’d much rather someone be angry at me while defending equity and human rights, vs. someone being a polite bigot.

    Please do let me know your thoughts though, because maybe it is I who needs to take a break.

    cityboundforest, avatar

    Personally I feel that asking a marginalized community to “be nice” to those oppressing them is complete hogwash; I believe it was Martin Luther King Jr. who said “riots are the voice of a rebellion.”

    That being said, I think that what Kolanki was trying to say is that a majority of the time, transphobes aren’t looking to have their mind changed when they log onto the internet to spread their bigotry; they’re looking for an outburst of violent reaction from the people they torment.

    Oftentimes they may be looking for this as evidence to support whatever claim they’re making about trans people (they’re violent, they have an agenda, they want to take people’s kids, etc). Coming from a background of abuse, I agree that we shouldn’t feed the bigots much like one shouldn’t feed trolls; they never leave once you start unless removed by force (i.e. banned from a community, in this case).

    I do agree that people don’t withdraw allyship because we’re not kind or nice or patient enough or what-have-you; that is something that I have not seen personally and anecdotally from other marginalized people (in fact, I’ve tended to see the opposite).

    darq avatar

    If the argument is that people shouldn't react with hostility towards bigots, that's fine on the condition that the bigoted people are removed very quickly. No hearing them out. No giving them the benefit of the doubt. Otherwise the space is just tolerating them with extra steps.

    Kolanaki, (edited ) avatar

    Are you misinterpreting my post? These are not arguments said by me – these are arguments that come from bad-faith actors

    If that truly is the case, I guess I did. My bad. But considering you said it was a bad opinion you saw, and not someone else saying that opinion was bad, you should maybe reword your post or re-read mine because I disagree that one argument is a bad opinion.

    Oh wow, haven’t heard this one before a million times from bigots and their defenders. Thanks for the contribution, Dr. Phil. Now go fuck yourself. Reported.

    This is exactly what I’m talking about. Two misunderstandings, but your first instinct is to tell me to go fuck myself and report my comment. Now it’s hard to tell you’re actually being genuine about this argument not being your own. You’re not going to change minds by being a cunt and just having them removed. You clearly do not care about changing opinions; just protecting your own.


    I mean, swap out the implied “protecting your own (opinion)” with “protecting your own (place on the Internet where we can live largely free from well-meaning but ignorant people, actual bigots, and sea lions)” and I do think that was OP’s point, yes.

    Kolanaki, avatar

    That’s valid; but that’s not going to change people’s minds which is exactly what the original statement was talking about. If you’re actually going to engage in a discussion with these people, hostility won’t help. Just block them, and if they are violating the rules of the community/instance, report them. You’re just wasting energy if the only thing you’re going to engage with is name-calling; even if it is warranted.


    It’s the “You got upset, I win” bullshit that infested reddit and is now infesting Lemmy.

    It’s what I call the “4chan mentality” where they just want you to react - they’ll do or say anything to get you to interact with them. As long as you’re responding, they feel like they won on some level.

    But getting upset and hostile doesn’t stop them. They enjoy that. That’s part of the problem.


    It is literally part of Beehaw rules to be nice to each others, cf this excerpt from beehaw rules:

    If you aren’t nice, we’ll remind you to be nice. If you continue to be problematic, we’ll escalate from there, but it will be on a case-by-case basis. If your first reply when we ask you to be nice to each other is to tell us to “fuck off”, we will respond in kind.

    It is also part of the rules to not be transphobic, cf

    we simply do not tolerate intolerant behavior. Being explicitly racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or bigoted in any other fashion is not tolerated here.

    If you find a transphobic post and you feel that you are unable to reply nicely, the correct course of action would be to report said transphobic post.

    If you are not content with this rule of “be nice” I’m afraid Beehaw is not for you


    “Never argue with stupid people they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience” -Mark Twain

    Besides which, it’s not kind to spew vitriol, nor is it productive. It’s certainly understandable to be outraged. It makes sense. You certainly can’t ignore such things, it’s not right. Responding in hatred only feeds the conviction of the ignorant and diminishes the righteousness of your own stance.

    It’s a lose-lose.

    I won’t even start talking about who benefits from everyone fighting each other… Certainly not us!

    YourHeroes4Ghosts, avatar

    Even back in the 80s we didn’t excuse bigotry, no matter the age or the history of the person. We maybe didn’t feel as safe calling it out publicly back in the day, but it was certainly discussed. A bigot is a bigot, end of story. There was no excuse for it in 1983- when the ones “from a different time” were young!- and there’s still no excuse for it forty years later.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    I saw an after school special called “What If I’m Gay?” from the 80s that was surprisingly progressive and didn’t lean on stereotypes or tropes. My elementary PE teacher was an LGBT+ activist, and we had at least one openly LGBT+ speaker at a school assembly who spoke about acceptance, and I grew up in a small conservative town.

    Even Nirvana wrote in the liner notes for one of their albums that sexists and homophobes shouldn’t buy their records or come to their shows.

    I didn’t know a lot of openly trans people back then, but that’s because many people didn’t feel safe coming out. Regardless, I can’t imagine having responded with the brand of ignorance and hate we were actively pushing back against.

    With that being said, LGBTphobia was certainly commonplace back then, but as you said, there was no excuse. People knew better, but they participated in it anyway.

    cupcakezealot, avatar

    I’ll never understand how people can say the L and G are different from the B and T.

    Like the B is L and G and so aren’t some of the T.

    There’s just no logic in excluding them

    Especially when you actually read a queer history book


    Some people believe in dividing sexual orientations (LGB) from the gender identity letters (T+). During my time on Twitter, I saw it was often from a place of hate, though. I would understand something like: “Although we face similar challenges, we also have different needs that justify an LGB sub-movement”. But that was almost never their attitude.

    ada, avatar

    The vast majority of trans folk are LGB, and the small minority that aren’t are treated as if they are by bigots who deny them their gender.

    LGB challenges are trans challenges

    Zuberi, avatar

    Show these dorks the door, politely of course ;)


    I really feel that, that is a good overwiev


    The current climate of “discourse” in the US works against effective teaching. I do know what I’m talking about here; teaching emotionally charged subjects was my strength but it’s nearly impossible to online these days.

    I have no idea how you get out of this dynamic when it’s become so deeply embedded in how things are done, just that for every person who manages to learn something amidst the shouting, another is driven further away from what you wish to teach. But this is where we are and what we have to work with.

    This can be true along with the unfairness of putting the burden on the disadvantaged side. I don’t know the answer. Perhaps there isn’t one.

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    I’ve been in forums since the 90s, and if anything it seems to me like many people are more open to discourse now. I got called the f-slur so much back then. The reason it probably seemed better back then to non-LGBT+ people is that they were excluding and marginalizing us.

    And if we welcome people like those I refer to in my post, we will be once again excluding and marginalizing LGBT+ people by creating a hostile space.

    I don’t think things have gotten worse. It’s just that whenever we get the slightest step towards equity, bigots push back. The only solution I know is to make that impossible for them.


    I don’t know what this rant is in response to, but it’s ironic that it was posted right after my wife was upset about a bunch of transphobic comments made to her friend’s (semi-famous) mother being posted on another platform. It amazes me how upset people get at others who want to just live their lives to their fullest.


    Thank you for making this post so we don’t have to.

    Transwomen are women. Transmen are men. Bi-sexual people are valid and shall not be erased.

    We stand with our brothers and sisters.


    Thank you. I got shit on just yesterday for being bisexual.


    Sorry to hear that. (Virtual hug)


    I saw H&M refer to me (non-binary) as divided. I honestly don’t mind the term. Feels oddly right.


    I love that! That’s a really clever word for some genders, I guess the adrogynous types?


    return rant incoming:

    i’m glad it’s you saying this, and not me. i think it’s important to say, but i cannot handle all the bullshit hot takes that i would have to deal with afterwards.

    i cannot stand when people tell me to try to be nicer, say it in a gentler, more pleasing manner, try to be more considerate of others feelings, maybe try wearing some nice clothes or makeup so that i feel more confident. i do all of those things in my day to day life, and it works. that’s kind of the problem. it’s expected of me, a woman, to speak or act a certain way. if i behave in a way that is not matching ppls’ invisible expectations of how a woman should behave, they get very uncomfortable with me. on the internet, it translates to ppl thinking it’s their business to tell me what to do :) i am pretty sure that if i were to write this same post in a “feminine-sounding” way, the reaction would be different (IMO in a bad way).

    it also pisses me off when i come across ppl who think of life as a game that needs to be won. the moment i show any amount of emotional or passionate speech, i lose - my words become invalidated because i am expressive, therefore i cannot control myself? i don’t really get it. i think there’s a good number of people on the internet who take pride in holding back their emotions. i guess public display of emotion is shameful for them? basically anytime i say anything passionate online, ppl think it’s their duty to convince me that i’m wrong LOL

    my family members are purposefully ignorant towards LGBTQ+ and i’m terrified that they’ll say something hateful in public. for now, i’m trying my best to hate the behavior, not the human.

    Blahaj_Blast, avatar


    Thank you!

    I feel all of this but lack the ability to verbalize it. (I’m no wordologist)

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    You make me feel thankful I made this post. I almost didn’t post it because I wasn’t sure it was my place to speak up, but I know how exhausted I feel with all of this (including the “you got angry, I win” style of discourse). I hope things improve.

    Nimfi, (edited )


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  • BlemboTheThird,

    The entire “different time” excuse is meant to apply to media, not people! Most texts written in the 1700s that include references to people of color are probably going to at least use outdated language, if not straight up racist perspectives, but because it was a different time you’re supposed to acknowledge that it can still impart valuable ideas so long as you take it in context. Taking that scholarly technique and trying to apply it to crotchety assholes real people spouting hate makes me want to explode

    princessnorah, avatar

    This is completely a tangent but Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed is a good example of media that is “of it’s time” but had good intentions. He uses a lot of outdated terminology for trans people, but he was dating and living with a trans woman at the time. As well, he uses the term “coloured girls” for his backup singers. But that’s because he was drawing attention to them. He paid his singers proper wages which was a big deal at the time, and was drawing attention to their presence in music in a subversive way.



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    seizes excuse with all paws and extra-bitey jaws Oh, oh, is it time to talk about "crazy" and "insane" and "dude" and "guy" and "bro?" And apparently we also still have to mention that the r-slur and "ree" are ableist shit too?

    ...Am seriously fed up with people who seem to know very few words and all of them inappropriate. And yes, treating everyone like a male buddy is inappropriate. And yes, "crazy" still clearly has its association with mental illness. While many people obviously think it means literally anything at any time in any context they also still call people that as a way of suggesting a person's got mental problems.

    I expect I'll get trolled for this (as always, 'cause people absolutely cannot stand being asked to change or even consider their own behaviour) but I'm sick of how bad this place is about gendered language and slurs in particular, to the point where I assume somecritter I otherwise respect is gonna misgender me and I'll just immediately delete my account and be done with this place altogether.

    Anyway, that's my lil tiny rant about some of the lack of care I see floating around, which reminds me to point out that it's not the words that cause problems (outside of straight-up slurs, anyway) but rather how they're used. Some seem to think there's some constantly-changing list of banned words but "don't call me that" means "don't call me that," not "you're going to gaol for not having the latest word list."

    yapyapyap squeek!

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    Thank. You.

    It’s really irritating to see such language anywhere, but especially in ostensibly progressive spaces. I’m trying to change my language (never used the r-slur, but I’ve used “crazy” so much that … I try not to, really). And I see male-centric language all over the place. It’s unfortunately ubiquitous where I live.

    The one that never sits right with me where I live is “guys.” The counter-argument is that it is no longer gendered, but after educating myself more on the nature of casual sexism, I think it’s actually an example of how male is perceived as the default, the norm. I don’t think anyone is deliberately trying to be sexist by using it, but claiming that “guys” is gender neutral really seems to be a male-centric perspective.

    I used to have an account on raddle, and I also learned a lot from them about why ableist language is harmful. I’m working on it, but it’s almost like I need a buddy to help call me out when I lapse and say something like “idiot” or “crazy.” And the frustrating thing is, as someone with mental illness, I feel like I should know better.

    dingus, avatar

    The one that never sits right with me where I live is “guys.”

    The one positive thing I took away from living in the south was the gender-neutral “y’all.”

    For those who don’t know, “y’all” refers to a small group of people and “all y’all” refers to a larger group of people.

    RiikkaTheIcePrincess avatar

    I like to play with words and create colourful, cutesy terms. Probably my favourite for this purpose is "critter" :3 Everycritter, anycritter, you critters, those critters. ... Of course if that stops being weird I'll have to come up with a new one. Hmm. I suppose I must mandate that only the cutest critters use this particular term >:P

    Also, it's nice to see I'm not totally alone in caring about these things. Though some common themes around here (such as the problematic careless word choice issues referenced above) are quite upsetting I at least manage to say some things like this that typically get me attacked. ... Though maybe it's just because I only say them three-plus layers down a comment tree nocritter's gonna see. 🤷‍♀

    LinkOpensChest_wav, avatar

    Yes, louder!

    Someone elsewhere in this thread is suggesting that we’re all obstinate and inherently resistant to change, but … I can’t relate.

    The ability to learn from our missteps and prejudices, and subsequently change and grow, is a hallmark of being human. It’s not about education, either. I’ve known people who only went through grade 3 who are not so destructively stubborn. It doesn’t seem like any way to live to tear other people down because I encounter something new to me.


    No I didn’t? What? I was referring to people with bigoted beliefs and cited a real psychological phenomenon. Don’t lie about what I said for validation.

    The subject of your post was tangentially about correcting bigots so that’s what I’m talking about.



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  • TheDankHold,

    They’re lying about my position for no discernible reason aside from poor comprehension. I’d recommend you read what I actually wrote.

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