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ETA: Sorry, guys, I suck at polls. Both anti-SJ answers are now just “this person is anti-SJ”; feel free to vote for either.

What discourse norms do you tend to follow? Why? Do you think everyone else should follow them, and why?

I don’t have any particular formal “discourse norms”. Generally I try to favor voices that typically don’t get heard. I signal boost important issues that would otherwise get buried. I watch out for fallacies like tone arguments and such.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of “neutrality” which just ends up favoring the status quo and the loudest/most privileged voices. As much as I can, I try to shut down harassment that tries to silence disprivileged voices. Of course I think everybody should behave similarly, no good can come out harassment or only allowing certain privileged groups to be heard.

What is the true reason, deep down, that you believe what you believe? What piece of evidence, test, or line of reasoning would convince you that you’re wrong about your ideology?

Even literal Nazis will not deny that extreme oppression existed in the past. I simply don’t believe oppression magically disappeared the moment the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Power structures are pervasive and long-lasting. They take the form of economic inequality, cultural predispotions, unconscious racist attitudes, etc. The results are visible to all: minorities don’t get the same educational/career/life opportunities that white men do. They live in dangerous places, they live in fear of the police and under the constant stress of poverty. These factors make it impossible for them to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps”. Even if a white person has never personally done anything to oppress a black person, they still live in a society whose institutions and culture carry on the injustices of the past. And it’s important that we correct these injustices.

I don’t think there is anything that could convince me that some people deserve to be oppressed, deserve to be discriminated against, deserve to live in fear and poverty. It is not a question of evidence.

Explain Gamergate.

Video games were a traditionally (white) male space, with all the cultural implications that follow from that. As games became more mainstream, a clash between the old culture and a more accepting, diverse culture that does away with the traditional hostility against women and POC was inevitable (it’s no coincidence that the vast majority of people that GG targeted fro harassment are women). GG is the result of trying desperately to preserve the old boy’s club.