So one of the things you do as a blogger of any sort is read a lot of other blogs.
I do. Lots.
Being an atheist blogger I therefore read a lot of free-thinker, atheism, skeptic and related blogs in addition to science, religion and human rights ones.
One topic that comes up a lot both here and even on my RPG blog is sexism.
So I consider myself a forward thinking guy. I am a white, hetro-male that identifies as a white hetro-male. I know most of the songs on the classic rock radio stations, enjoy a big fat steak I like the way women look.
I also consider myself a feminist, gay-friendly and human-rights-centric sorta guy.
I helped raise close to $9k for the Trevor Foundation to help with teens that try to commit suicide or have suicidal thoughts because they are gay. I write my Senators and Congressmen all the time to push for legislation to help ALL people regardless of race, sex, gender identification or sexual orientation.
It has been my distinct pleasure to know a literal spectrum of people and I consider myself the one that has learned more from them than them me.
Yet I find I have nothing I can say when comes to talking about this.
I mean to many of the people I want to help I look exactly like the Devil and I have run into more "thanks, but no thanks" than "thank yous".
I have no story to tell that would give me reason to help. My childhood was great. My adult life is great. So there is no apparent drive for except my own desire to do what is right.
I saw this interesting post on "How to Be a Male Ally", http://www.anamardoll.com/2012/11/deconstruction-how-to-be-male-ally.html
I thought it was great but still put other questions in my head. None of which I am sure of the answers.
I guess that is what I am rambling about. Analysis Paralysis. I am not sure what to do or say because I am blinded by data and questions.
I guess I'll take advice from one of the luminaries of my other blogging sphere. In RPGS, Sci and Geek culture one of our "voices" is the actor Wil Wheaton. Yeah Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: TNG.
He is a cool guy in real life and I have met him a couple of times. He has a saying, in fact it is called Wheaton's Law: Don't Be a Dick.
I guess that is what I should do. Don't be a dick. That's not a final answer, but it's not a bad start.
Dude, you're a white male. You have 10' radius aura effect of the Privilege subtype and a gaze attack that can strip a woman or minority of their dignity and personhood at a range of up to 60'.ReplyDelete
Is it any wonder they don't want you around? ;)
Yeah. I wish I knew more I guess.Delete