There seems to be a lot of “not nice” going around these days, ever since that horrible man took over the Oval. And much of the not nice is politically motivated, even if it’s clothed in something else in an attempt to make it sound more reasonable than it is. Or more high falutin’.
Sometimes it’s not even clothed. It’s just naked ugliness presented in all its awfulness. Like what happened in Virginia. All of it.
Most of us have noticed that the election seems to have empowered a great many people to let their worst selves out of the cage that we call “civilized behavior.”
It’s not pretty. And some of it is personal.
Even I have been a target of these not-so-nice people.
It’s not that I’m any angel–I have my worst self, too, since I’m only human–and sometimes it does escape. But not that often. And only rarely on social media.
I was targeted by not-so-nice women some might call “bullies” for posting a photo that had an anti-Trump message. Actually, it was the photo of copies of Ivanka’s new book–stuffed in a toilet in Costco. I’m pretty sure I made no comment, just posted it and let it sit. I thought it was an interesting visual commentary, but since I hadn’t read it, I didn’t feel like I could comment. Reviewers say the born-with-a-silver-spoon-and-guaranteed-job author seems tone deaf to concerns of regular women. But I was told by these (conservative) women that my post was misogynistic and that women would not feel safe with me.
I’ve been a feminist since I could breathe, marched in ERA parades, donated money to women’s causes, have been a personal supporter of the advancement of women, mentored young women, did volunteer work for a domestic violence center and a women with HIV program… I could go on and on, but I won’t. I’m quite certain I have done far more for women and their safety than these women even considered doing. So I was flabbergasted.
I am, in fact, an unlikely misogynist. Which is to say I’m not one at all.
The charge was “trumped up,” you might say. I’m pretty sure my “accusers” were Trump supporters. Because if they aren’t, they could only be totally clueless. This was a politically motivated act. Blatantly.
But that kind of illogical and silly accusation based on politics but cloaked in something else has become more frequent these days, as people who are unprepared intellectually for argument spout things that make no sense. Because bullies don’t know how to use intellect. Just muscle.
Like supporting the fiction that anyone could get manufacturing jobs back and “make America great again.” Because, of course, manufacturers are beholden to shareholders and can get that work done so very much cheaper overseas. No one would buy a $5,000 Iphone, would they? Which is not all that unlikely a price for something manufactured here with our much higher salaries and our commitment to paying living wages.
THAT kind of illogic.
No, jobs aren’t coming back in droves and I’m not a misogynist.
Not too long ago, someone criticized me recently for charging money for a workshop. Because people without means would feel bad that they couldn’t attend.
There are many things that people without means can’t buy: some cars, houses, clothing, shoes, jewelry, computer equipment, smart phones… oh, wait: that accuser MUST have a device because that’s what was used to comment. Smart phones and service aren’t cheap. Just sayin’.
Those situations startled me because they were so illogical and just not nice. That awful man has set the bar very low for our population.He’s normalized horrific behavior and people are lowering themselves to the occasion in big ways and small. Bullying.
What have you noticed on social media? Have you been accused of something ridiculous, yourself?