dorian_is_i (dorian_is_i) wrote,

Writer's Block: Yes, offense taken

If a friend or relative makes a racist or homophobic remark, do you tend to confront them or let it slide? Are you more likely to confront them if it offends you directly or someone else who seems reluctant to speak up?

Oh my god! So, is this question PERFECT FOR ME or what?

Anyway, yes, I do confront people (See the boojum post). I think it's really important that you don't let oppressive language slide, even if it's coming from someone you consider a good person. Relatedly, just because someone occasionally uses oppressive language doesn't mean they aren't a good person. We all mess up--god knows I do, often. And it's important to correct those slip-ups, even while acknowledging that they happen to well-meaning people.

I do want to point out that this question--while a good question--has at least one glaring problem that I can see. By focusing so specifically on racist and homophobic language, it ignores the equal prevalence of sexist, cissexist/transphobic, ableist, sizeist, and other types of oppressive language, all of which are equally important (though not more so--I am not interested in Oppression Olympics!) to address.

But still! Kudos to LiveJournal for selecting a Writer's Block question that doesn't make me want to TEAR MY HAIR OUT.
Tags: accountability, confrontation, homophobia, language, personal, race, sexism, we the queer, writer's block

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