Have you been reading TumblrInaction* again Cainad?
I like what you have to say. There is something very pernicious about such a worldview, as you point out. It's not just the affirmation of powerlessness, though that's certainly an aspect. I sometimes think such people are hooked on the catharsis of posing themselves as underdogs, freed of all responsibility and normal limits on behaviour. "I'm oppressed by such vast and all encompassing powers, I have to use every method to struggle for freedom/equality/buzzword".
Hence why such behaviour seems to mirror that of online trolls so much. Freedom to treat certain people in whatever manner you want, because they are worth less/the oppressor/public enemy plus internet anonymity invariably goes to strange extremes. That's why I've always insisted on certain ethnical standards when I go trolling - it's far too easy to fall into the trap of assumed superiority, and end up becoming not only a bigot or jerk, but stupid as well. Because extreme measures require stronger and stronger rationalizations, and eventually those rationalizations become an excuse to say anything you please.
I mean, to use an extreme and rare example, I've seen male rape victims being mocked by so-called feminist activists, because men can't be raped, all men are oppressors and the men in question probably did something to deserve it anyway. You can't reach that level of severe cognitive dissonance without some kind of extreme licence to justify yourself.
I have some more thoughts on this, but I have a paper to write, so it may take a few days to collect my thoughts.
*I'm starting to find TiA almost as unbearable and ridiculous as the people they criticize. It seems like certain rightwingers are latching onto the stupidity of the far left to discredit equality as a whole. Something the idiots they criticize seem more than happy to help out with.
Actually a fair amount of crap crosses my Tumblr dashboard on a regular basis. And I follow other Tumblrs almost exclusively for LARP, Dark Souls, or similarly nerdy content. It's so pervasive that I see it pretty much daily, although usually not the extremes that get picked for TumblrInAction.
While it's perfectly clear to ME, and no doubt to most of PeeDee, why the raving Social Justice Asshat attitude and mentality is asinine at best and toxic at worst, it can be a very tough thing to express to people mired in
the echo chamber. It certainly doesn't help that a lot of people who most actively speak against them are, in fact, racist/sexist/basically everything that MRAs are routinely guilty of. Extremists bouncing off extremists.
What my friend is writing about is her experience of being a not-angry, nerdy black woman who has more in common with nerds (of any color) than with the Angry Black Women she is expected to be one of. Refusing to "other" white people has gotten her called an Uncle Tom, a house nigger, and a white man's whore, in those words. However, how the fuck are black women supposed to gain entry to society if we insist on standing apart from it? Do we want to be seen as multifaceted interesting people who have a depth of skills and interests, or do we want to perpetuate stereotypes that leave us with a two-dimensional image?
America is still a frontier country for black women. We have yet to make significant forays into science, medicine, media, and art. We say that we're excluded, but I think that it's quite possible that the exclusion is, to some degree, mutual.
That's pretty interesting. Being a black woman in America is about as far from my own life experience as you can get (other than the 'American' part), so it's a perspective I'm interested in hearing from.