And I’m not taking it down because I don’t believe in censoring an article that might have been well received had I not taken the approach of Vegeta from DragonBall Z in defeating the foes which seek to destroy our world. Bullet points, go:
1: My article wasn’t comparing men’s oppression by…
This is sort of the sinister, dark side to privilege theory (and why I get irritated any time says, “BUT YOU HAD A CHOICE TO DO X, we’re fighting for people who HAD NO CHOICE.”)
The thing about how it sucks to have conformity enforced on you? That sucks for a broad swath of people. No, it doesn’t suck for the few people who would have chosen to do exactly what the norm is anyway … but between “total, rigid cultural and sexual normativity” and “LGBTQ minority who is excluded by bigots for dozens of reasons” there is still “I don’t fit in and I’m being forced to conform.”
And if they, dear reader, do not have the basic human right to express their dismay about being forced to conform … why do the LGBTQ (or feminists, or other minorities)? Yes, their suffering is greater, but the point is that everyone has the right to express this frustration with being made to conform - not that by virtue of suffering (as if suffering needlessly is something we want to promote) some people get to complain and others don’t. The point of the Stonewall Riots is, ideally, that there need not be further Stonewall Riots.
Or do we live in a world where “our voice must be heard” implies “everybody else shut the hell up”?
I wanted to start a discussion about this stuff in a language everybody could understand because I hope the approach of “What do I have to gain from being a dick? Not much really.” speaks to people so that they consider how little people benefit from discrimination and injustice, even if it seems like it sells well these days. It’s actually more expensive to oppress people than you might think, and changing value systems so each human has worth to their society so you don’t have to get everyone angry at a “ruling class” so people think regicide = change, you get better results because people feel they matter instead of being hated by bigots AND their world leaders.