This comment, from MediaHound to Liz was on the post “As Equals and as Friends: Amanda Marcotte’s reply to Tom Matlack.“
I have to say that I agree whole heartedly with your concerns about The Binary Gender World View and the damage it causes to people who do not fit within it. I recognize your concerns about reprising all the relevant material – and I recognize your jaded view of how little it would be read and considered. If I have to yet again explain why forms with tick boxes for gender, with only two options of male and female, are wrong and even discriminatory, I may just scream! Very Loudly.
I have to disagree with you on The Idea that Tom has a limited world view that excludes others. Tom has his world view, as we all do, which is informed by our own experiences and existence within the world. That does not make it right – it just makes it what it is.
I have not seen Tom at any point indicate or claim that his world view is correct or right – in fact the setting up of GMP indicates quite clearly that Tom is not only willing to question his own world view, but he’s allowing and empowering others to do the same. Now that is to me courageous and even very Manly – It’s a Good Man Thing.
I can understand Tom’s Frustrations and even his use of Irony in light of the number of people who have come along, seen what he is doing an assumed that they have the right and even the obligation to impose their world view upon Tom and What he is doing.
So recently people have been on the streets under the banner of “Occupy”. They are not imposing a world view, they keep on promoting questioning of World Views. It seems that Tom is in tune with culture and the need to Question.
So I have to wonder why so many believe they have the right to impose their World Views and ideals upon Tom’s work?
It strikes me as anti-cultural and antisocial – and then when Tom rightfully and reasonable expresses frustration, he is the one held to account?
Hmmmm? I think that some really do need to look at what is going on and who is doing what!
It’s like that Tick Box issue – A or B. Tom seems to be Looking at and for other Options, so why are some so willing to have their pens handy and demand that it’s A or B?
Why is it that when they don’t get the answer They want, they scribble at high speed all over the Net about Tom being wrong?
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw
It’s evident that some wish to see Tom as The Unreasonable Man.
In that case they can count me as well.
I hope they have enough Ink and pens to keep up with the comments! P^)
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