amw (amw) wrote,
amw
amw

drowning in this internet maelstrom

Last night i slept about 1 hour because i just lay here in bed so upset over this cancellation nonsense. That people completely ignore what i have to say, as an actual trans person who has worked in a women's support group, who has been a victim of sexual abuse myself, who has had to justify my very existence to people i was standing face-to-face with, in an LGBT nightclub of all places! I guess lived experience doesn't count as much as being a part of the social media in-group these days.

The most infuriating thing is it's not even other trans people who are making a case for their own intolerant behavior, it's their so-called allies mansplaining that i am mistaken because cancellation is actually activism and anyone who gets canceled is on the wrong side of history. Serves them right for being old, white, cis men who didn't "learn to listen"! Never mind that the whole fucking point of the conversation is that the person who was canceled expressed an interest in learning, only to immediately face a parade of self-righteous "activists" tearing everything he said apart, then going on to get him fired.

Look, i'm not even trying to defend what the guy said. He was ignorant. I'm just sick of these trolls who are supposedly on my side charging in to shut down any opportunity for a constructive exchange.

Meanwhile editorial has stayed mum on the whole issue. They are probably wisely waiting for the commotion to blow over. Eventually the outrage will burn itself out.

Congratulations, they burned me out. I have tried and tried to explain reasonably why it's important to build alliances, why it's counterproductive to lump people with even the slightest difference of opinion in with full-throated bigots, why it's better to hear people out - especially open-minded, left-leaning people... None of it matters. Nothing i say matters.

I'm exhausted. I'm completely spent and so disillusioned.

I need to go outside and get some fresh air. But first i need to sleep.
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