Apologies if this isn't the appropriate place to put this.
These forums are in an open, potentially equitable place, but we are on the cusp of establishing yet another home for cis white indie designers and sending marginalized folks away to places where they don't have to worry about being talked over. This happens a lot. It really, really should not happen here, and it is our responsibility as allies to assure that this is not the case.
Because white cis men (of which I am one) are used to being listened to, and when people disagree with us, we feel the need to Explain More. And when they continue to disagree with us, we must Explain Even More Clearly Than Before, and Perhaps Cite Our Qualifications, and Rephrase Ideas We Have Already Expressed.
This is the great agony of philosophy and theory, but I think we can do better than grad students arguing incessantly over the basics. Please consider the ratio of white men with philosophy degrees, and why maybe there is a stigma surrounding conversations of hypotheticals and theories in an open forum. You know, like this one.
So, here's my proposal...
Cis White Men, before posting, consider:
- Have I already expressed my ideas?
- Do I feel upset because I am not being understood?
- Have I spoken more than the marginalized voices in this discussion?
And if you answer "Yes" to any of those questions, I invite you, to Please Stop Talking.
PS: If you feel that I am indirectly talking about you... Well, that might be true.
But does it render anything I said less valid?