intelligent-discussion

I always feel like an intellectual discussion should resemble an episode of Oprah...

“You want sources! You get sources! EVERYONE GETS SOURCES! You get a source, and you get a source! EVERYONE GETS A SOURCE!”

What I’m trying to say, is source your important claims if you’re opening a dialogue that references historical, political, social or cultural movements/changes/occurrences.

So Tumblr doesn’t seem to realize the difference between institutionalized racism/sexism and personally meditated racism/sexism. The difference was defined in the 90’s–yeah, the whole race/power thing isn’t as old as everyone wants you to believe–by a sociologist named James M. Jones. However, most people on Tumblr probably heard about his studies second hand, since most of his analysis is taken out of context. Let me break it down for you so you understand a little better.

Institutionalized racism/sexism is defined by power structure. It’s in the very definition of it all. That’s the patriarchal government, how certain groups are oppressed, etc. That’s what we should be fighting, regardless of your gender, race, sexuality, etc. 

Personally mediated racism/sexism is when you are a dick to someone based on their race, sex, and gender. While institution can and does influence this, it is NOT exclusively based on the institution. It is interpersonal. The two elements do influence each other, and you’d be stupid not to realize that.

There is also internalized racism, but I don’t feel the need to explain that. It basically is pretty straightforward, and doesn’t affect my argument.

However, what is important is that, when someone tells you that a black person can’t be racist or a woman can’t be sexist, they are only a third right. They cannot be racist in an institutional sense in countries led by a white male cishet majority. If these people moved to another country, such as, say, China or Nigeria, then it would be a very different story. However, if someone harasses you based on your sexuality, race,  gender, etc, then that is a personal attack.

Oh, and food for thought: Tumblr is not America, Britain, or any established nation. It is it’s own nation, created in a cybernetic mainframe. Power lies in the loudest voice, not in any external political parties. Just going by what I see on my dash, it would appear that the majority of people are bisexual on this site. So that would mean that any homophobia and heterophobia IS institutionalized. Just food for thought.

Again, I don’t want to offend anyone, but it is important to educate people who ignore parts of established theories they don’t agree with, and people who just aren’t aware of the history of the terms.

I enjoy classes that are based around discussion, but men can make it so tedious at times.  Women will actively contribute intelligent points to a discussion, whereas men will do the same(sometimes), but only after they’ve “pointed out” a bunch of irrelevant shit that 80% of the class already knows but they continue anyway because they just want to hear themselves talk.  I swear you could just mute them for the first 25 seconds that they speak and you wouldn’t miss anything

On a trip to the Post Office

Gaerik: Mommy, do you think the world is gonna end this year?

Me: No, I don’t.

Gaerik: Me either. The Mayans were wrong.


We then had an in depth discussion about the Mayans and their calendar. How awesome is it that my 7 year old can intelligently discuss the Mayans, for goodness sake? I know adults that can’t intelligently discuss ANYTHING. I am so fortunate to have my son exactly as he is. I have a sneaking suspicion that a neurotypical child would bore me to tears!

anonymous asked:

it has honestly made me so sad about how hateful the hockey fandom has become.

I know exactly how you feel, dear anon.  I remember being upset over everything going on over the summer, and especially over so many wonderful people leaving tumblr and hockey as a whole because of it all.  But, with the state that the fandom is in now, it’s almost a scarier place than it was a few months ago.  Instead of having an intelligent discussion about differing opinions or just outright ignoring the other side of things, it’s become a daily battle between everyone.  There’s no reason to send anon hate, or to make hateful text posts, or to post awful things in the tags of players or teams that you don’t like or don’t approve of.  

Does anyone actually feel better about themselves after sending someone a hurtful, disgusting message? Do toxic words really make someone’s opinion better than another person’s? Do harsh and mean words make anyone become better or learn something from the exchange? I think not, to all of it.  

If someone in this fandom has an opinion that is different than yours – about anything – then it’s not your job or responsibility to ‘educate’ that person or to tell them how wrong they are or to try to make them feel like a lesser person for not agreeing with you.  Instead, wouldn’t it just be easier to not follow that person, or to employ blacklist to keep certain things from even appearing on your dash? Wouldn’t that require less effort than it would to go onto a person’s blog, click on the ‘message’ button, and type up the rudest, cruelest thing you can think of in the heat of the moment? 

I really think the tumblr experience for all hockey fans would become a bit less stressful, a bit happier again if we all realized that we’re not all going to agree on everything and that we certainly won’t be changing anyone else’s beliefs through the use of hate and cruelty.  It’s one thing to not agree with a person’s opinion, but it’s another to disrespect that opinion and the person behind it entirely.  Trust me, acting that way off a computer, where you can’t hide behind a veil of anonymity won’t get you very far.  And, maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather spread kindness than hatred here; we’ve got a world full of hatred, we don’t need to add to it ourselves.

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  • Crateshya says:no
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This seems like a good quiet place to talk where you might be able to find that some one might be listening.. with out panicking people that I’m more likely to see face to face. I don’t know if any one will actually read this or not. Seems like eventually someone might happen by. We shall see I suppose. Still got that little tag there labeling me as an ex-Christian and that’s still true so I’ll let it lie where it is. But I do think I’ve come to the conclusion after about three solid years of not knowing what I was exactly, that I would claim to be a deist. Just not a Christian. I was recently reminded of something I had forgotten and that is that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. I was on Facebook here recently and I got brave enough to make a controversial post. I wondered aloud that if the God of the Bible created everything with a purpose, then why create Satan? As you can imagine, quite a long thread ensued. Mostly it involved my numerous branches of Christian friends, the Baptists, the Calvanists, and a Catholic chiefly throwing in their ideas on free will etc. and various other things that either didn’t make sense to me or didn’t fit with the actual Biblical depiction of God. Unfortunately they soon stopped talking as a militant atheist began to turn the thread from being an intelligent debate and discussion into a shooting gallery. Now, of course I am a fan of free speech and I was loving the input I was getting, even the stupid in it, and yes of course there was plenty of that to be had on such a topic, no matter which side of the fence you sit on for this topic, but this Facebook friend was actively driving off people from openly offering their views. That was her intent. I asked her to calm down, and she took offence, thinking I was making assumptions about her emotional state, when I only meant to–as politely as I knew how–request that she be a bit more civil in her approach. I’m an art grad, and while I don’t share in the foul mouthing, I do have an appreciation for what I would consider appropriate use. Largely I find a bit of artistic quality in it in specific moments. For example, when Tom Cruise is hanging on the end of the rope in Dubai in that now famous scene from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, being informed that you don’t have enough rope completely warrants the response of “No shit!” But I live in a sensitive location where not every one would agree with any use of such language even in the most deserving of circumstances. This was not like that. It was simply verbal assault to cow the speech of others. I also teach for a living now a day and happen to be Facebook friends with many parents that might not take kindly to such posts coming from my page and so with some regret I unfriended the atheist. I hope I can still pm her to get her opinion on certain questions I still have but I’m not so sure that venue is open anymore. She didn’t like me standing up to her and defending someone else. A real shame, she’s about the only truly atheistic friend I had and I considered her views to be a bit of valuable insight to the other side of the coin. But I’m not willing to jeopardize my livelihood for the chance to publicly wade through the mud for it. At least we have the internet :)

Avoid superficial Bible study. Unfortunately, some Bible studies consist of nothing more than person’s saying, “I guess this verse means…” or “What does this verse mean to you?” Basically that’s a pooling of ignorance–a lot of people sitting around telling what they don’t know about the verse. To have a successful Bible study, someone has to study the passage beforehand to find out what it really means. Only then can you discuss it intelligently and apply it. Interpretation requires work. Don’t take the easy way out and believe what everyone tells you the Bible says. Check the facts out yourself. Don’t assume there are many interpretations of a biblical passage. There may be many applications, but there is only one true interpretation. God’s Word is precise. It is not ambiguous. God has given us the ability to discover its meaning.
Don’t spiritualize the text . The first sermon I ever preached was really bad. My text was, “The angel rolled the stone away” from Matthew 28. I entitled my sermon, “Rolling Away the Stones in Your Life.” I talked about the stone of doubt, the stone of fear, and the stone of anger. Doubt, fear, and anger are all legitimate topics, but they have nothing to do with that verse! I call that “Little Bo Peep Preaching” because you don’t need the Bible; you can use anything–even “Little Bo Peep.”
Picture a preacher saying this: “Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep. All over the world people are lost. And can’t tell where to find them. But they’ll come home–ah, they’ll come.” Then you hear a tear-jerking story about sinners who came home “wagging their tails behind them!” Ridiculous? Yes, but unfortunately not too hard to imagine.
Many people tend to do that with the Old Testament. They turn it into a fairy tale with all kinds of hidden meanings–anything but what the text plainly states. Don’t spiritualize the Bible. It deserves more respect.
—  John MacArthur

avodkabottle replied to your post: I don’t understand why animal mating videos are always so popular on Youtube

I think it’s pretty fascinating the different ways animals mate; not necessarily something one would ever see in life without vids, anyway. Also it’s just plain funny sometimes. xD But that’s kind of creepy if the viewership was related with porn…

I’ll gladly admit I find tortoise sex absolutely hilarious :’D

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anonymous asked:

I see what you're saying, and respect you as well! I guess we just have different opinions. I don't know, I just tend to stay away from controversy myself because it always makes people angry, and this whole "men vs women" debacle is quite grating. I just feel like there shouldn't even be a competition, you know? Like, men shouldn't have to say they're good guys, and women shouldn't have to hate on men when they DO say it. I get why it angers some women, but I think we all just need to calm down

This anon has the right idea.

I personally try to avoid Tumblr’s types of mental gymnastics, but the sheer stupidity that hits me just overwhelms me at times and I just have to confront it.

The gender olympics Tumblr tries to push is so stupid. We’ve both got bullshit to deal with, and we should figure it out together instead of playing sides. But if it was easy, it would’ve been done long ago.

It was good to engage in intelligent conversation with you, anon. You were pretty chill.

Funny how tumblr sometimes seems like a competition on who’s the most open minded/who has less prejudices but you can’t even try to discuss any issue without other people responding in a rude manner. Everyone criticizes other people for being completely brainwashed by society but they can’t even consider different opinions. So much for intelligent discussion.