These five words are literally like a weapon used to smother dissent. Anybody expressing this sentiment are in one fell swoop able to absolve themselves of any responsibility to objectively prove anything they are saying while framing the conversation as now Trump 2020 Blue Lives Matter shirt of mortal peril being at stake. Ezra is a coward but Emily VanDerWerff is clearly mentally ill. I hope she gets the help she needs some day for her incredibly fragile mental state. Her allies aren’t doing her any favors. I mean, this is the part where they’ll argue that society systematically makes x/y/z/a/b/c/ identity markers safe in spaces of privilege and power and that if you supposedly care about equality then you’ll make accommodation for them. My issue is with feels less safe because it can justify literally any subjective perception as being enough to meaningfully justify action, absent any consideration of potential blowback to other groups that actions to make somebody FEEL less safe may cause. Threatening somebodies job on the basis of feelings is asisine.
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It’s an even looser argument than “This line of argument makes me less safe” like say, a neo-nazi going around telling people they need to arm themselves against the black scourge. That actually probably DOES make you less safe. Makes me feel less safe can be used as a pronouncement against even actions Trump 2020 Blue Lives Matter shirt actually DO make you safer, because so long as they make you feel less safe, they’re bad. It’s justifying subjective truth as a means to justify actions against others. Which I think is a more fundamental problem I have with the ctrl-left even more than the abuse of the word “safety”. This language has been successfully leveraged against minority groups, with the recent defending of white women who ‘feel unsafe’ around black people, or the middle aged women who ‘feel unsafe’ around trans women.
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I recall a recent post about after a dog attacked a stalker in their home, a sister-in-law with a child in the same house decided the dog needed to go because now that they knew it was capable of violence they FELT less safe, and thus felt vindicated in pressuring others to abandoning a pet which had done nothing but protect their household from attackers, and subsequently exposing her own sister in law to violent danger. Yet the feels like safe crowd would have to agree that somehow that on some level it’s morally righteous to abandon a dog for protecting their family. Essentially Trump 2020 Blue Lives Matter shirt we’re seeing is the total adoption of idpol by women, in general. ALL women feel themselves as victims of someone or another. So if a woman feels unsafe around a black man (if she phrases it the right way), there are more people willing to rally around her because she is a woman being victimized by a man, not a white person being victimized by a black person.