I like Twitter. I tweet about a lot of things, both serious and not. If you were to ask my what goal for @jvdgoot is, I’d say that I’d like to make you laugh or think — sometimes both.
I don’t like Google, I’ve tweeted about that. I am obsessed with any Trent Reznor or Josh Homme project, I’ve tweeted about that. I play a lot of video games, I’ve tweeted about that. Not a single negative reaction, if anyone didn’t like what I was doing they’d just unfollow and that’d be that. I identify myself as a feminist ally, I’ve tweeted about that.
When I tweet about sexism, it is “annoying.” When I tweet about sexism, I’m a “white knight trying to get laid.” All these comments are from men exclusively, of course. Why does this particular subject anger them so much? Why when I spam Twitter with a barrage of all caps tweets about cute cats and dogs there’s not a peep?
Is it because they have bought into the narrative that sexism is “over” and being challenged on that is like attacking a core belief? Or is it even an expression of the patriarchy in that I as a cisgendered heterosexual white man should not be talking about these topics? I’m not smart enough to answer those questions.
The negative comments do make me question myself though, why do I take up this banner? I’ve thought about this a lot, because I couldn’t really answer it. It just seems logical to me, I see no reason why I shouldn’t be shouting from the rooftops. I’ve always had a rather stubborn and naive sense of justice. I get physically angry when things aren’t fair.
And it’s not entirely without self interest. I’m not traditionally attractive (that’s code for fat) and definitely do not fall into a traditional masculine gender role. I have a stake in smashing the patriarchy.
I did not come by views by magic, of course. I’ve read a couple of books that opened my eyes and I would invite you to take a look at them as well before dismissing the existence of sexism.