We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.
This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.
The whole article sadly hits very close to home.
“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
if the whole “stop fighting fire with fire” thing was real, we’d see white people enslaved, cisgender people disproportionately targeted for abuse and murder, and heterosexuals needing safe spaces just to survive high school. but we don’t. we’re not fighting “fire with fire,” we’re fighting your centuries-old arson with a candle
heteronormativity is so weird like yesterday I was at my aunts beach house and some of her in-laws brought over this small baby. and the baby puts it’s hand on it’s brow to keep the sun out of it’s eyes and his father says “look at that! Leon is looking for girls!” Leon is eight months old I don’t think he knows what a girl is yet