I hate this idea that we shouldn’t label people ‘transphobes’ or ‘homophobes’ or ‘racists’ because it ‘shuts down the conversation’.
I see some liberals using this argument a lot - that it should be our job to change a bigot’s mind, and that by labelling their behaviour as bigoted, we’re silencing the conversation and aren’t achieving anything.
I was watching Jonathan Pie earlier, and he said that ‘a person who opposes gay marriage isn’t automatically homophobic’ and that’s… not true? They are. A person who opposes gay marriage is absolutely homophobic. Just like a person who wants to restrict trans people going into certain bathrooms is transphobic. Just like a person who wants to ban Muslims from their country is both racist and Islamophobic.
To run with the homophobia example… why should I pretend someone isn’t a homophobe in order to engage with them?
Why is calling them a homophobe shutting down the conversation more than them ACTUALLY BEING HOMOPHOBIC?