If you’re an internet activist and it’s “not your job to educate” people, then what ARE you doing?
Isn’t education like, the ONE thing you can actually do to advocate for your cause on the internet?
Or are you content to just circlejerk with people who already agree with you while sending sassy gifs and anonymous hate to your detractors?
You know. I just ran into this kind of logic on Twitter. A friend added me in to an RT of a tweet originally posted by a cisgender gay man that said “I can’t get over how attractive some trans men are.”
I took it as a compliment. A trans woman did not. I tried my best to explain how I’d interpreted the tweet and how I saw it as a compliment (not entirely sure why she felt it was transphobic to begin with, let alone had anything to do with trans women as that wasn’t the demographic even referenced in the tweet).
Clearly, she thought I was wrong.
First, I got called an asshole cis guy. When I said I wasn’t cis and told her I think the comment was open to interpretation as a compliment and wasn’t really transphobic, she went off on me about how I was just another on a long list of trans men that were trying to silence trans women.
One, I hate hate hate the misunderstanding that a difference of opinion / someone disagreeing with your POV amounts to silencing. No, it doesn’t. It’s a pretty damn foundational principle of free speech in the US.
Two, I asked her to explain her POV, how on earth what seemed like a compliment directed at trans men by a cis gay guy had any bearing on her as a self-identified lesbian trans woman.
Apparently it was only her job to swear at and insult me, not educate me because that’s all I got.
Really, if you’re going to say you’re an internet activist, it takes more than calling someone a transphobic asshole, imo. It’s unhelpful, unproductive and alienates people from whatever cause you’re trying to bolster.
Just, seriously, so over it.