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@davejul11 Ah yes. The usual "not all [whites/men]" argument that is so typical of whites/men/white men. Sorry. You fit right in w/the need to assert that claim.

No, not all whites [I am white] need to say "not all white people]. But those who need to say it are all white. ▶️
@davejul11 Ditto w/"not all white men."

When someone says "white men" in a discussion about race/gender phenomena in general, it means those white people in question who do whatever is being described.

@davejul11 "Typically" is implied bc it's only white men who feel the need to assert that they don't belong among the white men being described. What is described is a characteristic of our culture, therefore the "not all__" is implied. If it's culture, it is NEVER about specific people.
@davejul11 Those who get upset about the phrase "white people" are white people rather than people of color.

*I* don't get upset about it because I know I don't fit into the category of white people who get upset about the phrase "white people" used without a qualifier. ▶️
@davejul11 But the only time I need to assert that iswhen I'm arguing against standard "not all__" statements.

Ditto w/ “white men.”

If you don’t fit the category, you are not the subject.

So, if you don't in fact fit the category, I wasn't talking about you.

@davejul11 [BTW, are you a celebrity white male? Bc I specified celebrity white men in my post.]

The strong need to publicly exclude oneself from the discussion is a cultural artefact of being white/white male. There are white men who DON'T feel that need ▶️
@davejul11 ...but all the men who feel that need are white men.

That's your "white male fragility" acting up.

I used to think that way myself, and it was my "white female fragility" [i.e., hurt that someone might think I'm "one of those women" ▶️
@davejul11 requiring me to publicly ensure that nobody assumed the phrase "white women" + a negative applied to me.

But that hurt was MY problem, no one else's.

I no longer feel that need, bc I am secure in my condition as a white woman who--while still needing to struggle INTERNALLY ▶️
@davejul11 ...against the unconscious fears that arise in me, I do not fear WOC thinking I'm one of "those women."

It's only when a WOC or MOC claims that *I* specifically am one of "those women" that I feel the need to say "that's not me."

@davejul11 So how about this? Since you are "not one of those men" why not save the "not all___" arguments for when someone SPECIFICALLY accuses YOU, responding ONLY after you've considered whether you may have unconsciously done/said something ▶️
@davejul11 ...that someone else may have legitimately thought you were, in fact, were one of those.

You know that the white men who do what I've described do in fact exist in large numbers, & you know those attitudes are deeply embedded into our culture. ▶️
@davejul11 AND you know that until now, they haven't been called out for it in any impactful way.

So now is NOT the time to interrupt & say "not all___" but rather to either affirm that phenomenon is a very influential cultural artefact that women have to deal with...or stay silent. ▶️
@davejul11 Cuz saying "not all___" pushes an undeserved challenge to the credibility of the statement...when the qualifiers you think should be inserted are IMPLIED.

Qualifiers are ALWAYS implied when one speaks of cultural phenomena.
@davejul11 If you have legitimately earned the right to be excluded from "white men" + a negative, you don't need to claim it. It will be obvious from the way you support women in their criticism of white male culture.

@davejul11 Aside: This is a long thread. For those who prefer to read it w/all 14 tweets included, here's a link to the unrolled thread...


Btw, when I use a forward arrow, it means there is more to come, and it is best to wait until you've read the whole thing▶️
@davejul11 ...before you respond, cuz chances are your gut response will be addressed later.

Tho it is contrary to Twitter culture write long as you anticipate reader reacts, it is very much a characteristic of good writing & argumentation to do exactly that.

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