I can’t say whether Jen was male, or female, both or neither, as I don’t know how Jen identifies. Not wanting to offend Jen by assuming anything about them, I assumed nothing. I was immediately accused of prejudice, having labeled Jen a non-entity, worth nothing because I had not determined to identify Jen in a cis-friendly, non-privileged manner. That I had determined to not define Jen in any form, is, apparently, a negative definition, in and of, itself.
What you read above is not true. No names were changed, no places were harmed in this fictional event. The only thing I am guilty of is creating the situation to illustrate a particular silliness. That I elect to highlight this silliness, especially as I am a white male of heterosexual preference, automatically renders my opinion not only baseless, but also a form of privileged prejudice. Alas, i cannot help myself, as I am fundamentally unaware of my own privilege, and should somebody point this out to me, I am still not able to comprehend its magnitude- somebody else must comprehend it for me.
This vexes me…
If you cannot have an opinion or even take notice – Are you privileged or diminished by you imputed cisgender white male imputed racism? Is CGWM the new LGBTQWERTY?
I think the movement to win everyone’s equality has become the tool with which people now oppress others. Should what I think and feel be any less valid, any more marginalized than any others, simply because I am a white male? If my actions have been convicted before I am allowed to think them, then what hope of equality and privilege can a person truly discriminated against hope to aspire to from the actions of this movement?