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In the space of 24 hours, a place that I thought was relatively safe for me has flipped to seem totally unsafe. I linked to the Planet Mozilla admin post before; most of the subsequent comments have defended "free speech" (which is to say, bullies' right to bully) and demanded that those of us who are LGBTQ prove our humanity. I had this to say in response:

Most of the replies I'm seeing are replies that ask me to engage in a debate to prove that I'm human and that I deserve the same rights and respect that heterosexual cisgender people with cissexual bodies do. I refuse to engage in that debate, because being asked to prove I'm human in a work space is exactly what is making that space a hostile environment for me. (Mozilla prides itself on its distributedness, thus there should be no denial that online spaces with mozilla.com or mozilla.org domains attached are no less work spaces than the physical offices are.) White, heterosexual, able-bodied cisgender men who have cissexual bodies are never asked to provide an intellectual argument that they're human -- their humanity is taken as a given. That the rest of us apparently have to have a debate contest to prove it is why we're not, apparently, welcome or equal.

The blog software just gave me a blank page when I hit submit, so I'm not sure if the comment went through; I'm posting it here for posterity.

Of course, it's not that I'm surprised that any individual in my organization holds views that are inimical to my life and existence. Individuals are entitled to hold those views and express them using personal resources, during personal time. What I'm surprised about is that the institution has so far vociferously defended using institutional resources to promote the view that says I should be stamped out.

If you're hiring software engineers in the Bay Area (especially to do work on advanced programming languages) and your workplace doesn't tolerate hate speech against people in any protected class, please take a look at my résumé.

Edit: I have always maintained an internal rule that I'll delete any comments on this journal that use any of the silencing tactics listed at Derailing for Dummies or the Geek Feminism Wiki's list of silencing tactics. I've never had to employ that rule until now. There is plenty of derailing and silencing speech everywhere on the Internet; my blog doesn't need to be a place to host it.

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Date: 2012-03-07 06:52 pm (UTC)
dharma_slut: They call me Mister CottonTail (Default)
From: [personal profile] dharma_slut
I've been developing a bunch of sound bite replies to these things, since conservative can rarely understand anything longer than a hundred words.

They think that something short and snappy is a better argument than something nuanced and thoughtful.

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Date: 2012-03-07 08:26 pm (UTC)
dharma_slut: They call me Mister CottonTail (Default)
From: [personal profile] dharma_slut
I also don't feel real compelled anymore to put the effort into long nuanced answers when I can already tell that the readers don't give a fuck... They all of them offer the same prepackaged lameass arguments, and I've gotten tired of reinventing the wheel every time I answer them.

Gerd is getting hammered on his original blog post. A few people agree that he has the right to post if he wants-- I don't see anyone agreeing that marriage should be restricted from Homosexuals.

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Date: 2012-03-07 08:34 pm (UTC)
dharma_slut: They call me Mister CottonTail (Default)
From: [personal profile] dharma_slut
yes, it's so bizarre and saddening.

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Date: 2012-03-07 06:48 pm (UTC)
gramina: Photo of a stalk of grass; Gramina references the graminae, the grasses (Default)
From: [personal profile] gramina
I can't even begin to speak about the content there - I'm glad to see some people are siding with you. I did try to click through to your resume and got an error; I'll try again later. I suspect we're not a good fit for you, but you never know, and I could at least pass it along.

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Date: 2012-03-08 12:58 am (UTC)
gramina: Photo of a stalk of grass; Gramina references the graminae, the grasses (Default)
From: [personal profile] gramina
I'm impressed! I don't know enough to know where you might fit, but if you take a look at https://www.whitehatsec.com/abt/careers.html and see anything promising, let me know and I'll forward your resume to our internal recruiter with a note about where you'd best fit.

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Date: 2012-03-07 07:50 pm (UTC)
rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
From: [personal profile] rymenhild
Oh lord. Why can't everyone in the universe be required to enroll in, and earn a passing grade in, Privilege Theory 101 before graduating into adult life? I'm sorry you continually have to deal with these douchebags.

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Date: 2012-03-07 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] s1.myopenid.com
Did you really think my comment was derailing and silencing? I was trying to stick to facts, but tell me where I failed.

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Date: 2012-03-09 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anemone.livejournal.com
I'd like to see your long form birth certificate, and then I will believe in your humanity. (Except even then I'll just claim its a forgery.) Until then I will assume you are a Tralfamadorian(*).

In all seriousness, I'm really sorry. It's really disturbing that when there's a disagreement between the powerful and the less-powerful, the reaction is so often to defend the powerful, as if they need the help.

(*) Physical description doesn't match at all, but I'm not ashamed to let you know that I read Slaughterhouse Five, and the other sci-fi races I could think of are tied to lighter reading.

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Date: 2012-03-09 11:34 pm (UTC)
luinied: And someday, together, we'll shine. (revolutionary)
From: [personal profile] luinied
What to do about it, I don't know, besides [...] mandatory sociology classes.

This isn't quite a concrete suggestion of something to do, but I did notice at the capitol protests last year a lot of enthusiasm for solidarity with the less rather than more fortunate, even if they're people who aren't just like us (whoever "us" is in a given context). Sure, plenty of people at the protests had taken sociology classes or had some history of involvement in one movement or another, but there were also plenty who had not, and yet everyone seemed receptive to the repeated messages of, for example, support for people of color who are being disproportionally hurt by [insert Republican policy here].

I can't say for sure how much of it stuck, but it felt to me like a damn conducive environment for encouraging people to expand the scope of their empathy. And it was really inspiring to me, because I grew up in small town Wisconsin, and, yeah, people in small Wisconsin towns haven't historically always been known for empathy towards the oppressed and powerless.

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Date: 2012-03-08 02:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wordweaverlynn
This totally sucks.

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Date: 2012-06-03 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] biscuit1001
There is plenty of derailing and silencing speech everywhere on the Internet; my blog doesn't need to be a place to host it.

And just so you know...that's why I just friended/subscribed* to you. :)

*I was on LiveJournal since 2003, I migrated my journal over here roughly a year ago, but I'm still used to the "LJ Lingo." You're also the first new person I've added on DW.

My name is Mara, pleased to meet you, and if you follow/access me back or not, it's cool either way. I like what you write, and how you write it.


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