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By tigtog on January 24, 2013
I see it all the time, both online and off – Person X writes/says something, Person Y says “gee, what you just said/did was kinda *ist” and Person X comes back with “how dare you call me a *ist” (or Person Z butts in with “how dare you call X a *ist”) .
But behaviour is never a fully accurate reflection of character. Bad habits we engage in unthinkingly don’t necessarily make us generally bad people or even generally thoughtless people, but this tends to be the reaction to having those bad habits challenged as marginalising behaviours – that the challenger is calling us a bad person.
The point is that this one particular act that is being criticised has problematic cultural assumptions embedded within it, and those problematic cultural assumptions are what need to be challenged.
By tigtog on October 26, 2012
I may have contributed to a new term for a rhetorical ploy we see more and more. Here’s how it happened – I’m rather proud of this coinage, but wonder whether we may be reinventing the fallacious wheel. Is there an already apt term in rhetorical jargon?
By tigtog on July 27, 2012
Game design consultant Ernest W. Adams at Butterflies and Wheels:
It’s time for us to force the permanent nine-year-olds to grow up or get out of our games and forums.
By tigtog on July 6, 2012
Transphobic court tosses out rape charge because defendant’s intent ‘was to rape a woman’
By Mindy on April 18, 2012
A six year old in handcuffs. WTF?
By tigtog on March 1, 2012
It is depressing to have to point out, yet again, that there is a distinction between having the legal right to say something & having the moral right not to be held accountable for what you say.
By tigtog on February 8, 2012
If we use the intentions and feelings of privileged people to determine when bigotry occurs, you will find that no one is bigoted by that definition.
By tigtog on February 2, 2012
This is people saying what they really truly think – 700 Club on Why Atheists Should Hate Trees
By Chally on January 2, 2012
So here’s some unnecessary and unkind rubbish in a new ad from Libra, a company selling tampons, pads and liners in New Zealand and Australia. Poking fun at trans women is very much not how to get the tampon-buying public on your side.
By Chally on December 6, 2011
There was a bit of a controversy on Sunday when The Daily Telegraph, which is apparently still passing for a newspaper, put up a story called “PM Julia Gillard and Senator Pansy Wong – a reluctant embrace of an emotive issue; gay marriage”. Here’s the story in question. Let’s be very kind and move past [...]
Posted in media, social justice | Tagged australia, bigotry, homophobia, Julia Gillard, mainstream media, marriage, marriage equality, media, race & racism, sexuality and health, social change | 18 Responses
By tigtog on November 19, 2011
In an age in which the traditional forms of ingroup hatred of outgroups (based on tribalism, race, nationality, religion, and so on) are no longer socially acceptable on a wide scale, are people seeking new outlets (albeit on a lower level) for the same old hatreds?
By Mindy on June 1, 2011
Today in moral panics.
By tigtog on May 9, 2011
“Virginity tests for immigrants ‘reflected dark age prejudices’ of 1970s Britain”
By tigtog on May 2, 2011
A fantastic collection of posts has already been published and collated for BADD 2011 over at Diary Of A Goldfish, and there will definitely be more to come.
It’s not too late to write one yourself, if you were thinking of it and haven’t managed it yet. May 1st is a suggestion, everybody understands about clashing priorities and perhaps your spoons allocation.