I’m more and more scared of expressing my opinion on the Internet. Even light, joyous themes like cartoons or TV-shows have become points of potential disputes. You don’t like a certain trope – ‘shame on you,’ would state a community. You don’t praise a certain character – ‘how come? They are so precious!’
You give an inch here, you give an inch there: the result is the same. You have offended somebody. Boom!
I do, I do really hate it when people say ‘Block me if you are (insert almost any noun)’. No, this doesn’t work like this. Forming a safe space is cool, but if you state that you are an activist, you have to grasp the whole picture. It’s your responsibility. This could be achieved only with confronting different opinions. The world isn’t black and white.
A radical feminist, a trans-activist, a supporter of the queer theory and the intersectionality, a liberal, a communist, a patriot, a cosmopolitan, a Christian, an atheist, a Buddhist, – I don’t care who you are because you must be considerate of what you say in any case. Death threats are horrible. Physical or psychological abuse is off-limits. Cyber bulling, cancel cutler are disgusting.
You want to dispute. Good; dispute with facts, and be polite.
Remember: the person you try to insult is someone’s mother/father/sister/brother/best friend.
P.S.: pedophiles, nazis and racists are exceptions. They literally cause nothing, I repeat, nothing but great harm, no buts, and must not be tolerated. No death threats to them nonetheless; it’s the law which should decide their fates in the first place. If the law is flawed, it should be changed.