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You know, it's hard to mock tendencies in activist trends that literally mirror things you used to say as reductio ad absurdum. Such as people blocking out letters in "cr*zy" because somehow that is a battle against "ableism" or watching people saying that learning Spanish is culturally appropriating non-European culture (the levels of reductio) here are kind of amazing. It's a good thing that dealing with people in my real my life, even activist ones, don't remotely mirror what I see online because online proves that you can never say "No one actually believes that" because assuredly SOMEONE does, and they probably even have a masters degree in social theory.

Date: 2018-04-30 05:40 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] symbioid
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When I first ran across tankies, I was surprised. I'm like - nobody Actually believes Stalin was an ok guy...

But, I listened to their arguments, and realized how bullshit it was after a little stint of drowning myself in it, and like - yeah, no... bye whatever the Georgian word for Felicia is.

Date: 2018-04-30 06:31 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] matrixmann
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Worst thing to know is: There are people out in the world somewhere which are really convinced of that and there are even people with political competences which listen to them, seemingly much more than people who'd offer realistic views onto what could be helped and changed.
I guess, that's often the reason why you get ridiculous laws, but barely ever any ones which really aid the minorities and the weak of society.

By the way, it also seems often enough to be the case that people campaign for somebody's or some groups civil rights and they didn't even bother to ask people from that group for real what they actually want it or need. It's pretty much based on assumption and privileged peoples' way how they imagine something must be. (Hate to use the p-term, but tell me how to better describe people who got their college degrees in any social studies subject, their student loans paid, a relatively wealthy descent, and who are hopelessly obsessed with fleshly features or celebrating themselves.)
Not to mention, their way of nearing subjects is overly emotionally motivated and not what would or could be the best for somebody else. Living in a touchy-feely childish bubble where devils and angels exist, where unicorns have to cure the deadly wounded and all that crap...

Date: 2018-04-30 09:47 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] belleweather
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The "learning a language is cultural appropriation" one might literally make my hexa-lingual self angry enough to spontaneously combust if someone actually put it forward in front of me.

Date: 2018-04-30 11:53 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] oakmouse
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"learning Spanish is culturally appropriating non-European culture"

I probably don't want to understand the thought-processes of somebody who would say this, but I have to wonder where in the sam hill they think the Spanish language came from, if not Europe.

Also, speaking as a disabled person, "blocking out letters in "cr*zy" because somehow that is a battle against "ableism"" makes me kind of, well, crazy. It's so condescending, as if people with mental illnesses or disabilities are fragile little flowers who can't handle the public naming of our health conditions, or accurate descriptions of the effects thereof. I got lectured (by an able-bodied person) for referring to my lame leg as lame, and was told that my leg being lame doesn't have any meaningful effect on my ability to function. I suggested that he try to carry a full basket of laundry up three flights of stairs with a lame leg some time and see for himself how well his theories match reality.

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