Date: 2017-03-09 02:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jewelfox

It's just, if you don't agree, you're wrong.

I don't have a problem with people believing I'm wrong. It's just, this isn't a thing like transgender rights, where disagreeing means that you fundamentally see others as nonpersons. We're all agreed that Nazis are bad, and that they need to be resisted. It's just that some people are compelled by toxic masculinity, to resist by Being The Hero and Punching The Bad Guy. And the movies that feature heroes punching bad guys cast you and me in the role of the ignorant person on Our Side, who naively believes that bad guys don't need to be punched and is trying to stop the hero from doing it.

Now that the bad guys have revealed their true colours, the hero gets to humiliate us. ("Do you still think the aliens aren't a threat, senator?!") We're supposed to be cowed and step aside. If we don't, he gets to punch us too. At least, if we appear male. Women aren't punchable in these films.

I wish that more of these stories had nuance, so that when life imitates art it would be more nuanced as well. >_<

Maybe another way of looking at the situation: The Standing Rock protesters have the benefit of elders, to help guide and oversee. The youth disagree with them sometimes, and don't always do what they say, but their voice is there to help moderate the youth's responses.

With young white progressives, a lot of the time we're the kids who got kicked out at worst, or who bite our tongue at Thanksgiving at best. We're more knowledgeable (and often more mature) than our conservative elders, but we don't have any progressive elders to share the wisdom of past struggles. At least, not all of us do.

[personal profile] alatefeline recently linked to a project that's trying to remedy this ...

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