And I’m not even sorry about it.
Y’all, I hate to say this… but lately I really hate men. So much so.
(Yes, I know, not all men. Not all white people… I’m white anyways. Not all straight people. Not all cismen. Not all anyone. Just in general. Moving on.)
I (accidentally) sent this tweet around to a few friends:
I thought it was funny, and I thought the handful of feminist ladies I was trying to send it to would appreciate it, but instead I sent it to my climbing friends, and it wound up blowing wayyyy out of proportion. One white guy said, “why does it have to be about race?” and another started saying how ridiculous it is to shame someone for their political view. When really, the tweet is calling out people who are using their vote to send a message instead of see it as an active participation in a system.
It blew way out of proportion.
And now I’m thinking no men really get it, they just feel personally attacked for some supposed privilege someone else is imposing on them (one even asked “but what does ‘more privileged’ even mean”… essentially asking what da fuq is privilege even…) so they get all up in arms about being attacked and dont actually want to have a conversation.
Well I hate to RNC (aka fear monger) over here but the real response to the “bernie or bust”ers I want to send…
First off, that’s what a multiparty system gets you: empowered extremists. Secondly. notice that the second and third parties add up to more than the first party. Thirdly, LOOK AT ALL DEM WHITE MEN.
It does seem to blind people to discussions regarding privilege to feel attacked for their own privilege. They have to make it about themselves. Yeah yeah we get it your life is hard. Let’s move on from how this is personally about you. Stop with the white guilt. With the male guilt. Guilt doesn’t do anything to accomplish anything; guilt is still making it about you. So move through the guilt phase and actually LISTEN.
Because when it comes down to it, having Trump in the presidency would be disaster. But not for cis straight white men. For the rest of us. So when your minority friends panic fucking listen. Shut your mouth and listen.
Which brings me to everyone’s need to talk instead of listen. Also, lately there have just been so many examples, from the national stage to the local (i.e. a subway car) that my girlfriend and I have witnessed, where men just cry out for attention. Even Trevor Noah (a presumably straight/cis male) calls Trump out for it:
I’m becoming a militant feminist and not even sorry about it.