Just a reminder that “humor” is an age old tool of propagandist and provides convenient cover for hate speech. Male bashing is not ok guys even under the guise “the funny arts”. In fact, using the “it’s just a joke” line allows the those disseminating discriminating speech to avoid taking full responsibly for their words. Typically, the “jokster” tries to undermine the objections of those hurt/disheartened by their words by saying something “like geez can’t you take a joke? lighten up, yo”. This tactic has been employed since forever.
The “I hate all men” line strikes me as a classic case of the oppressed class being infected by the machine they are raging against. A spirit of Love and sustained constructive action is the way forward. We will only co-create the kind of world we want to live in by embodying the core values we’d like to see in society at large.
You can be a bad-ass feminist whose fiercely against misogyny without “playfully” condemning a whole class of people. I know, because I am one.
The forums are a place we come to support each other’s creativity and engage in dialogue. Sometimes things get heated but we find a way to be solution minded and come together in the end. I’d like the forums to be about building people up not tearing them down.
I love this place and I appreciate you all deeply. I hope we can make this the kind of community I am proud to be a part.