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Energy, Facts, and Friends: Care to debate abortion? factori0 kiwianaroha prochoice-or-gtfo motherbychoice Nah Mood This reminds me of a party I went to last year. I was standing with some friends, chatting, and someone said something that indirectly implied that sexism exists. Some trivial recounting of the basic facts of daily life for most women. Something so mild, so uncontroversial, so mundane that I don't even remember what it was Suddenly, this man standing on the outskirts of our conversational circle piped up with "actually, I think men are more discriminated against than women these days." All conversation died l turned to look at him and he had this smug, insufferable grin on his face relishing this moment, expecting us to waste our time and energy refuting this ridiculous thing he had just said The Devil's Advocate was among us And, in my mind, I saw the next 15+ minutes playing out. The parade of facts and statistics in a vain attempt to defend ourselves, our gender, and to prove that misogyny is real. The glib, snide denials from some shithead who is getting off on our pain and frustration. The Gish Gallop of bullshit that would take a whole evening to properly dismantle. It was depressing and overwhelming. I hated it. I had to kill it before it began So looked him dead in the eye and I said "OK," shrugged, and just walked away Nothing I have ever said to another human being has ever been so crushing As I walked away, I watched the smug grin vanish and confusion and anxiety set in. The rest of the group turned their backs to him and carried on as if he had never spoken - as if he was invisible. He was still staring at me when walked over to another friend and told her what he had said. I pointed him out for her and made direct eye contact with him while we both laughed tl;dr: Don't feed the troll. Let it perish, cold and hungry, in the wasteland of your indifference. It is weak and you are strong. Live your best life Trolls dont deserve your attention
Billboard, Bodies , and Children: arminarlerted story time: i taught my little cousin her first longer word when she was very young. i taught her to say "tax benefits. and to this day my aunt still doesn't know where she got it from, but it was a hilarious sight to see a little toddler waddling around the house, wearing a big diaper, all the while yelling TAX BENEFITS!!!I osmanthusoolong My parents did this with me and "nuclear disarmament bradkey I taught my little brother to say micro-surgical vasectomy reversal" (saw it on a billboard) on a road trip, and he didn't stop saying it for literal years. missvoltairine My parents taught me to chant "Get your laws off our bodies!" for a pro-choice rally when I was like four and I went to preschool and taught all the other kids the chant and led them on a mini-parade around the playground and the teachers were like ?????????? ?????????? ???????????? blossomfae whenever my brother threw a tantrum as a baby my parents would chant live free or die" until he calmed down it was fuckin weird lornacrowley when i was a kid whenever we got stuck in traffic my dad would say "what the fuck?1? in a very comic voice and i would repeat it and then he would say it with a slightly different inflection and i would repeat that too and so forth and so basically my poor mother would be stuck in standstill traffic listening to her husband and 4 yr old daughter swearing at each other without end waspabi i'm a preschool teacher and we like to joke around using radical vocabulary with the children, the other day i overheard one kid say this is my truck and the other one said 'no, this truck belongs to the collective they all say it now haledamage whenever anyone picks up my daughter or she goes upstairs, she announces "I ASCEND it's the best thing I ASCEND