I want to talk about this article and everything that this article entails.
I’m not going to summarize it.
It’s required reading for this blog entry.
I genuinely and truly believe that humanity is advancing toward the light. We are progressing, as a whole, toward being better.
I am not looking for perfection or utopia or some platonic ideal of humanity, but I believe we will race ahead into the light.
But I do have my moments where I just look at what we’re doing and I wonder if we really are going to make that far. I look at the fact that some people saw this bright young woman who did an amazing thing, a great thing, and decided to try and tear her down because…..jealousy? Sexism? Simple pettiness?
This isn’t a new. It’s not shocking. It’s not even the worst thing to happen today.
But it’s just another example of the blind hate that exists within certain men. They are violently, perpetually enraged at women for whatever reason used to excuse the fact that they’re just spiteful, awful people.
There’s nothing to debate there. There’s nothing to discuss there.
They’re just unpleasant, wormy little trolls who spend their every moment in a fantasy that women owe them something. They live in a fantasy where they are automatically owed everything on a silver platter and how dare a woman take the spotlight.
They’re vapid, shallow, pointless men, grasping for power any way they. They can only exist in environments that pamper them, that coddle them, that tend to their constant demands for attention.
On the one hand, I hate that they’re getting this attention. On the other hand, I feel they need to be dragged out into the light, they need to be exposed. They need to be seen for what they are and who they are. They need to be pilloried and shown that the majority looks at them like a grotesque relic from the 50’s, some creepy cultural artifact that should have been left back in time.
They will never go away, not entirely, but they should be made aware that they are not welcome. Constantly. Repeatedly.
They are not welcome.
We cannot continue to move forward and not address the festering hatred in these small men. And we cannot let just women, just people of color, just trans people, just the oppressed and ignored fight for themselves. They cannot just stand by themselves, trying to be heard over a cacophony of stupid, mindless white men crying out “not all men!”
If you’re a white man, do something that’s not just excusing yourself from blame. At the very least, the very least, step aside and preach the good works of the people around you. Raise up the people around you. Do not speak for them. Do not talk over them. Make room for them and let them speak and then shut down anyone else who tries to speak over them. Make space for people who cannot make their own space.
I feel I’ve gone far afield of where I started here.
But, Jesus, can we not just let this one woman have this one thing without it turning into some men’s rights nonsense?
Just this one time?