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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I don't think we're moving towards them, I think they've always been a necessary component of any imperialist structure, whether that be feudalism or the pax romana or the modern world. East Asians definitely commit abuses on polynesians, siberians and south/central asians and that absolutely should not be discounted or downplayed.

But it's symptomatic of a concept that was codified in a very major way by rich european empires; France, Spain, England and Holland in particular. Just like those ethnic groups propped up by empire (along with Germany and Sweden at the heights of their power, and in the modern world ((post-victorian)) by just about every 'developed' western country especially America) kicked down and exploited Irish, Italians, Poles, Travelers, and European Jews and Romani while still focusing their efforts on the systemic stripping of sovereignty and resources from other continents, Japan and China have exercised imperialist oppression against the Ainu, Malay, Mongolians, Uhgyurs and a host of others I don't know well enough to speak of. But that system has it roots in a very specific breed of colonisation that was developed by the people who would label themselves 'white', and that cannot be overlooked.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

Class reductionism has never been a strong argument, because we know already that race as a concept and especially whiteness exist to uphold the bourgeoise. We don't have a prayer of toppling them until we're all on the same page, and for every ignorant cishet white boy who insists that identity poltiics are divisive, we in fact get that much more divided, because of the inability of the privileged folk to accept and then abdicate their position of privilege. The west has more because the west has taken more from the rest of the world, not as a fluke of luck, and to be able to do so it's had to oppress africans, asians, south americans and amerindians, polynesians and aboriginal peoples, and yes, 'ethnic' impure europeans to do so. Whiteness as a system is rooted in the ability for a select handful of powerful imperial nations to exploit the resources and labor power of others through overwhelming violence and force and that is absolutely a race concern. Race and class and gender are entangled and utterly inseparable, and it's a fool's errand to try to position pure economic disparity as the only real concern. That is why nobody likes whitey, including the portion of us descended from those you bribed or coerced into your club.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

That's the logic trap that liberals tend to fall into, and why they hiss and boo any sort of meaningful physical resistance. Punching up is not a form of violence, because it doesn't uphold or reinforce systemic oppression the way punching down does. A black person saying "fuck whitey" is not rebuilding those systems with her at the top, she's openly expressing dissent, and that is not something that should be frowned upon. Likewise, if I say "die cis scum" or something, this isn't an act of violence against cishets with the intent to exploit their labor and resources for my benefit, but an act of rebellion against an overclass that seeks to dehumanize me and push me to the fringes of society. A hard thing to get over is what I said earlier, recognizing that these outbursts are not personally directed at you, but at the system that enslaves and kills us that you do benefit from.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

Nobody wants to swap oppressors except for TERFs. But when absolute power is broken and others begin to rise to your level, it can feel like being oppressed yourself. Nobody here is interested in replicating patriarchy with women at the head, we're interested in nuking the whole thing to begin with and half of us wouldn't be satisfied without taking coercive gender out altogether in the process. When a trans woman tells you to shut the fuck up about the realities of her transition, or a cis woman tells you to step off and let her get her abortion she has every Frigg-given right to, you're not being oppressed. You're being told that your outsider perspective is wrong and that you shouldn't talk over people living through those situations that you can't experience for yourself.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

It isn't that you're unwelcome, kin. It's that the space is going to put oppressed populations first, because it's needed. The important thing to keep in mind is that these complaints are not personal to you, and aren't intended to target you specifically but rather the privileged class to which you belong, and there are axes on which you are oppressed, chiefly sexuality, but white gay dudes as a class are also known for kicking down and selling out LBT folks and gay men of color with startling regularity, something white lesbians aren't exactly clean of towards bisexuals, women of color and transfolk either. Working to undermine those hierarchies is the path to trust, and nobody's going to have a problem with you if you're not doing shit like making weird theories about why transwomen really want breasts or how indenture was somehow any worse than the protracted and industrialized system of slavery.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I don't think I implied she isn't good enough for me. I'm honestly really, really happy with my relationships and a lot of my anxieties with her are more about how she must see me given how I'm younger and less useful than I should be, and I have that anxiety about most people I'm intimate with because all my partners are older than me. I'm excited for this, but also scared because it means letting someone in and trusting them to do right by me She's kind and beautiful and the way she can make me hers is just really...something. But I'm scared because it's moving fast and what if I'm not good enough or too young or I become a boring toy? It's really hard for me to accept that people just, I dunno, like me.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote (edited )

before MHA - Shonen is stupid, it's just screaming idiots targeted towards dumbass little boys

after MHA - I want All Might to carry me around on his biceps and tell me I can be a hero too!

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I dunno about 'rational skeptics', but in most circles that have emotional and social depth exceeding a teacup, talking shit about someone's past and traumas when it's not relevant to the conversation is what in the jargon we call 'a low fucking blow'. If your 'reasoned' argument can't stand on its own and you have to resort to something like that, maybe you're just a craven who needs to try to hurt people to feel big.

Also, like, that's my other point I wanted to get to but didn't have time for. You've got this cultish devotion to Reason as an ideal, one that necessarily requires leaps of faith and proselytism to maintain. I don't believe in Reason, because anyone with a familiarity with game theory knows there's no such thing as a rational actor, one who will take the most beneficial known action every time or accept the most functional argument. People are flawed and their experiences are subjective, and the majority of things you've likely come to view as ineffable truth are in fact social constructs with no material reality. That, friend, is called being Spooked.

You can't escape ideology and you can't escape your subjective experiences, only modify them with new experiences applied, and there's no way to be an impartial and objective observer of any phenomena, whether social or material. What most people do is learn to live with that and just run off of what they've experienced and collaborate with others for mutual understanding. What people like you do is force, usually violently, your beliefs on others and insist yours is the one true way of viewing things and all else is irrational, as if a world where we toil for 12-16 hours a day for not enough food to pay rent and eat at the same time is a rational one in the first place.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

Lack of trust in the existing structures and 'leading' figures. Reddit's a capitalist website run by people with confirmed fascist sympathies, and problems are only ever dealt with when they impact profit, but left-wing and minority-led subs are routinely singled out for deletion or moderation. The ones that exist are largely headed by people with some serious issues regarding those same minorities, so folk went off and did their own thing, and here we are.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

It isn't, the point I'm getting across is that by enshrining rules we already consider a matter of courtesy/decency, we open ourselves to some de jure bullshit. With formalized systems of law/policy as opposed to the consensus decisions we've been making, we get situations like what Ziq described where people try to shut down criticism through policy instead of actually sorting out their beef, and overwhelmingly the bureaucratic types will be the ones taking advantage of it as a way of punishing opposition.Guess what large cohort of our userbase are heavy into bureaucracy.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I'm saying I don't feel like violating someone's autonomy for something like KGBGoon420, but the shitters weed themselves out in a matter of minutes. Nobody who actually wants to participate is gonna name themselves XxCoonTown13XX, but the ones that pull that shit to begin with have zero impulse control and get themselves nuked within a day at most, but like yeah, we should be blasting them on the spot anyway. I just don't think that basic level of standards needs to be enshrined, it's something that's already getting done.

What I'm more worried about is another idiot faction war like we had when the transhumanists lost their pretty little heads over primitivists and really just anyone with ecological concerns at all existing on the site, and some stupid conflict like that hiding behind policies to get away with it. Like, the first part of my name is a direct reference to my religious beliefs, which are unfortunately co-opted to a pretty large degree by racists. I'd bet a bj if some fedora had any awareness of religions that aren't abrahamic they'd try to pull some "see see it's a dog whistle" shit with it.

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GaldraChevaliere wrote

I try to give the benefit of the doubt with stupid names. It's not like the stupid ones last all that long before showing their hand, and I've seen just as shitty behavior over longer periods of time from 'legit' people. Remember Connie?