"Labeling women as “crazy” is a way of controlling them. It may not be something planned or pre-meditated, but the ease with which men call women “crazy” says a lot about them. Calling a woman “crazy” is quick and easy shut-down to any discussion. Once the “crazy” card has been pulled out, women are now put on the defensive: the onus is no longer on the man to address her concerns or her issue, it’s on her to justify her behavior, to prove that she is not, in fact, crazy or irrational. Men don’t even have to provide any sort of argument back – it’s a classic catch-22; “the fact that you don’t even see that you’re acting crazy is just proof that it’s crazy."
See also: “You’re overreacting.”
There is no such thing as reverse racism or reverse sexism.
It is impossible to oppress white people on grounds of their race or cis men on grounds of their gender because racism and sexism are forms of oppression and forms of oppression are systematic and institutionalized and manifest themselves in all aspects of society.
Yes, it is possible to discriminate or present favoritism in isolated incidents against cis men or a white person but these small injustices offer no mass negative effects on an entire demographic and often times these isolated discriminations are in response to oppression by white people or cis men.
To say that “all white people are bad” is very different from saying “all Latino people are bad” because that generalization about Latino people is part of what contributes to racially driven hate crimes, discrimination in the work place which manifests itself in lower pay and less chance for promotion, and disproportionately higher incarceration rates. All that saying “all white people are bad” does is create hurt feelings among those who do not understand the system of oppression and does not affect white people’s advantage over PoC in all walks of life at all.
"He is not a constellation.
You should not wish to be the cigarette touching his lips.
He will not appear through the fog and heal your wounds.
Only you can do that.
So get out of bed and put on some lipstick.
Stop falling at his feet.
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