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Video game concept: you’re the ai piloting an atmospheric probe into a gas giant to uncover its mysteries, and encounter a species of intelligent floating stingrays whose speech can only be translated into pixies lyrics
For those of you who like to fight the good fight for social justice and language sensitivity online, before writing that Tumblr missive or firing off that privilege-checking comment, I’d love to encourage you to take a moment to ask yourself these questions:
• Am I living my values with this exchange? If my goal is tolerance and sensitivity, am I embodying both those values in this conversation?
• What are my motivations here? Do I want to make a difference, or just feel like I’m right? What would “making a difference” look like in this context?
• Is this person an ally? How can I best communicate with them to ensure they stay that way?
• What is my ultimate goal in my activism? Is this exchange the best use of my time to achieve that ultimate goal?
In terms of my ultimate goal with this post: I want to support progressive activists in their very important work for social justice, but also beg them to carefully consider their methods and strategies with online communication. We’re fighting for the same team, here. I wish we didn’t have to spend so much time fighting with each other."
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after seeing this and the “no, you’re angry!” tantrum this guy had today, I don’t feel like people who call themselves allies really need to be coddled that much. I get that people don’t like yelling, but really, any article that compares asking for trigger warnings to the WBC is kind of garbage
OH NO HOW ARE PEOPLE TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY AS A POLICY RECOMMENDATION
WE ARE NOT THESE MAGICAL CULTURAL IMPROVEMENT FAIRIES WHO MAKE CITIES MORE FUN FOR WEALTHY EDUCATED STRAIGHT PEOPLE TO LIVE IN
HISTORICALLY QUEER PEOPLE WHO COULD AFFORD TO DO SO HAVE GRAVITATED TOWARDS A FEW LARGE AFFLUENT CITIES WITH QUEER COMMUNITIES
THOSE FEW LARGE AFFLUENT CITIES WERE AFFLUENT BEFORE THEY WERE OKAY WITH THE QUEERS
THE ARGUMENT THAT SEATTLE AND SAN FRANCISCO AND BOSTON ARE RICH BECAUSE THEY LIKE QUEER PEOPLE IS TAKING A CORRELATION AND DRAWING A CAUSATION IN A DIRECTION YOU WANT TO SEE
AND THE ARGUMENT THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE CITIES BY SWITCHING OUT THE CURRENT RESIDENTS FOR FUNNER ONES MISSES OUT ON THE WHOLE POINT OF IMPROVING CITIES
SO STOP IT WITH THIS BULLSHIT
AND STOP SAYING LGBTQ WHEN YOU MEAN LGB BECAUSE YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE DATA ON THE “T” IN THAT ACRONYM TO DRAW ANY SORT OF CONCLUSINO REGARDING INTERCITY MOBILITY AND ADDING MORE LETTERS DOESN’T SOMEHOW MAKE IT MORE POLITE
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