Before we get started I’d just like to point out I’m a half white, half black overweight disabled man, I checked my privilege and according to the popular “privilege checklist” I’m pretty damn unprivileged, so any responses that I’m just a privileged cisman trying to tone police you poor oppressed groups…just fucking save it I’m not hearing it.
You know, I’m so fucking sick of this “reverse racism” and “reverse sexism” trend, where people suggest that methods of discrimination can only be aimed at minorities and if someone brings up instances of said discrimination being aimed at white/hetero/cis/males they tag on “reverse” at the beginning to de-legitimize it.
It’s fucking annoying, okay? Because yes I get that you’re saying this method of discrimination is central to your “oppression,” so you say. That you experience this more than you believe anyone else does, and that no one of any differing persuasion can know your struggles. So you think the answer is to argue with every single person who uses the word for the type of discrimination you face the most in reference to someone not of your group? To tell them over and over that they cannot face your type of discrimination, because to you, their use of the word is more important than the shit they’re dealing with because only your own personal pet oppression is the most important, well fuck you.
First of all, sexism, racism, and phobias come in all different forms. Qualifying everything by oppression is fucking ridiculous and it’s something a 5 year old would think up.
“Oh hey, neighbor, as you can see my house got egged last night, you didn’t happen to see who—”
“Excuse you, check your privilege, your house cannot get egged.”
“As a homosexual married couple our house gets egged on a regular basis. House eggings are a direct result of homophobic oppression we in the LGBT community face and your cishet white privileged family could not possibly know anything about the struggles we oppressed minorities face.”
“Oh…well, they uh…threw eggs at my house?”
“Oh yeah, I think I know the kids who did it, I’ll get their mother’s number for you so you can give them a piece of your mind.”
I mean this is literally the next step of what this whole ridiculous social justice movement is doing. You would literally see to it that any negative thing that one person can do to another will have to be qualified with “oppression” in order for it to exist…and if it doesn’t have an oppression component (if it happens to white cishet males) then you have to use a different set of words.
Did someone discriminate against you based on your race? Racism! Oh you’re white? Racial prejudice or discrimination!
Did someone discriminate against you based on your sex? SEXISM! Oh wait you’re a male? Patriarchy backfirin’!
Did someone discriminate against you out of fear and hatred based on your gender identity? Transphobia! Oh wait you’re cis? Righteous and harmless outlashing from oppressed transpeople who have every right to hate you for what people who identify similarly to you did! How dare you even complain?!
If you fancy yourself a social justice warrior then tryyy actually putting the energy you put into insulting privileged groups into actually educating those who would like to understand where you’re coming from and allying to your cause. Get over yourselves, just because someone isn’t aware of your struggles or has privilege doesn’t mean they’re oppressing you. Get over this theory that people who don’t face your oppression are benefitting from your oppression (cis people don’t benefit from the oppression of trans, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard….if transpeople didn’t exist, the treatment cis people face from other cis people would not be altered, you’re literally making shit up) and therefore deserve your scorn.
And last but not least, “stupid,” “moron,” and “idiot” aren’t “ableist slurs.” Mental retardation and mental illness isn’t “stupidity.” Learning disabilities aren’t “stupidity.” “Stupidity” means low intelligence and understanding. They can be components of disabilities, but are not in and of themselves disabilities. Asserting that anyone with mental illness or retardation is “stupid” is itself ableist. When you suggest that someone calling you “stupid” is being ableist, you’re actually deflecting criticism of your dumb ass comments so that you don’t have to address how dumb the shit you just said actually was. We all know it, and you’re not fooling anyone but yourself. So please stop.
Stop being dumbasses, tumblr social justice warriors. You’re literally the most unpleasant fucking people to be around…you make my super-religious Baptist aunt (who once told me ghost stories were the work of the devil, I wasn’t supposed to enjoy scary movies and could literally find something “ungodly” about every piece of media I ever attempted to enjoy in her presence growing up) seem like the life of the fucking party. Like seriously, how boring must you be to those around you?
And before you complain that I’m being really insulting in this post…isn’t that what you call tone-policing?! So fuck off!