AFTERTHOUGHT: I did not mean to post this on International Women's Day; that's just when I got it finished. I started writing it a few days ago, but felt stuck for reasons that a sortof explain here.
I recently came across this tweet and found it salient enough to retweet myself:
I am a white, cisgender, middle-class, Canadian male. I have some privilege on hand that I appear to carelessly strew about me. I just wish I understood when I was doing it. I want to be an advocate like @alix suggests around the 53 minute mark of the podcast embedded above. I want to give outsiders room to speak; I want to trust that they are sharing their experience without couching it for me.
But lately, with how the dialogue's been going, with how many times I seem to put my foot in my mouth, I just want to hide. I want to do my job and spend the rest of my time in a corner where I won't hurt anybody. My intentions are good, but my privilege blinds me.
I'm one of those guys.
NOTE: May 27 2014: I wrote the following post in frustration because this one's been bugging me so much. However, it doesn't express all my thoughts and opinions, nor does it express any of my opinions very clearly. All I can say is this: the combination of misogyny, mental illness, and easy access to firearms is stupid. Our society can do better than this.
Click "Read More" to read my ranting.
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