Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
“… Only the characteristic bluntness of a child, who proclaimed the emperor’s nudity as he paraded through the streets humiliating himself and his kingdom, threatened to break the spell. But when the boy spoke out he was quickly rebuked by his father, who assured the gasping public that the child was clearly soft in the head. So powerful is the compulsion to normalize the powerful.”
Interesting article- but that’s not the normalisation we need fear most. Yesterday I read a complaint that a reporter was offended by the use of the N word. Let that sink in. It means a reporter does not have the right to be offended by the use of the N word. This N word:
Shocked? Offended? Good, you should be. Decent people who believe in ethics, civil and human rights should be offended. Why do you think we say N word at all? Why do we not even spell it out? There’s good reason and that’s why we should forcefully oppose these Alt-Right/Manosphere idiots who under the guise of political incorrectness are actually peddling racism, misogyny and homophobia. The N word is not *politically incorrect*, it’s the verbal representation of the dehumanisation of an entire class of people.
My suggestion is turn it right back on them. It’s very easy to support discrimination and marginalisation when you’re not part of the group being attacked. Sometimes people simply don’t have the imagination or empathy to understand. So give the alt-right/manosphere crowd a taste of how it feels. Of what second class citizenship is all about. Pick any characteristic of theirs that can be mocked, and just go for it. I imagine it’ll make them think twice before peddling their garbage again. I learnt that trick many years ago when someone said to me, “I’m so sorry I can’t invite you and Mike to dinner together at our house because people would know you’re gay; but I’d love to invite you individually.” My answer to that was “Don’t worry about it, we don’t socialise with people who come from the country your husband’s from anyway.” She rethought her position then and there, on the spot. It was a lightbulb moment.