You know what really gets me about all of the anger directed toward x-not-discourse blogs? The fact that exclusionists are trying to claim that those blogs posting unrelated posts in the discourse tag is “silencing” them.
Like, no, it’s really not. Having a bunch of cats and butterflies, and whatever the hell else in the discourse tag doesn’t silence you or anyone else. You’re still free to post whatever you’d like discourse-wise in that tag. There’s nothing stopping you. These blogs aren’t stopping you. Are they getting in the way of your post being found? Sure. But not anymore than (and actually less than) if someone had blocked you. When someone blocks you, that entirely removes any posts you made in the discourse tag from their view. Is that silencing? Is it silencing for a large portion of inclusionists to have popular exclusionists blocked?
Anyway, I digressed a bit there. Regardless, x-not-discourse blogs not existing in no way is “silencing” because it in no way interferes with your ability to share your thoughts. It just means there’s going to be a bit of extra scrolling if you want to see other discourse posts - unless you block x-not-discourse blogs that is.
Exclusionists complain about being “silenced” when, in reality, they aren’t being, simultaneously to using silencing tactics on queer people. Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?
Let me explain. You get posts like this, or like this, or like this where someone is talking about themselves being queer, or about the community of queer identifying people (ie. “the queer community”), and without fail, there will be at least one person who has to go on a rant about, “yeah, well, don’t use it on other people!” And in at least the first example’s case (a bit in the second’s), if you look through the notes, it’s more than just one person. It becomes an enormous dog-piling effort. It didn’t happen to me because my blog isn’t popular enough, but more popular queer inclusionists often face an exclusionist dog-pile if they so much as mention that they’re queer.
And the purpose of these dog-piles? They’re not to make sure people don’t use the word queer on other people without permission, obviously, because that isn’t happening in pretty well every case of this happening. It’s absolutely to discourage people from talking about identifying as queer, and talking about and forming queer community. It’s an effort to impede those who want to talk about their queerness by setting up this barricade of hate and vitriol that they have to get through before they’re actually able to communicate with other queer people.