I've been seeing things online related to different social issues and feel the need to give my opinion (as everyone does)
So...sea turtles and the disabled. I agree with more radical leftist viewpoints than most people do, but sometimes I don't understand other leftists, like when they attack the movement to ban straws because they think it's hurting disabled people. I mean... yeah, I understand. Some disabled people need straws in order to drink. But banning non-reusable straws doesn't have to mean that these people can't drink anything anymore. One very simple (albeit temporary) alternative to non-reusable straws is reusable straws. The only arguments I've heard against this are "disabled people can't wash their dishes as easily as able bodied people" and "they could forget to bring the reusable straws with them when they leave the house" and honestly
...... Well, the first argument points to a larger issue, which is that disabled people are apparently unable to wash their own dishes, in which case reusable straws are not the only thing they have to worry about cleaning. If it's really that difficult for disabled people to wash their dishes, then we should focus on finding ways to allow them to wash their dishes without depending on someone else. If we can do that, then the issue of cleaning their reusable straws is resolved. And as for the second argument...ANYONE can forget something they need when they leave the house. This is an issue that is *not* exclusive to disabled people. There are several possible solutions to this, like writing it on a sticky note, having someone remind you, etc. Everyone forgets things they need sometimes, and they either improvise or deal with it. Even though I think these arguments against reusable straws are kind of dumb, I do agree with most leftists when they say that banning straws doesn't get to the root of the problem, which is that a handful of big companies are the main cause of our planet's suffering. If we want real change, we can't get it by consuming more "environmentally friendly" products and making small changes in our individual lives. We must have radical systemic change.
Next issue: Periods. I watched an ASAP science video about the dangers of tampons (the title is something like "should you stop wearing tampons?") and someone in the comments thanked the creators of the video for using red dyes to represent period blood in their video, since most commercials use blue dyes instead of red dyes (which is unrealistic). Someone responded to the comment explaining that certain people have a phobia of blood, so commercials use blue coloring so as not to make these people uncomfortable...
My exact response:
lol so what you mean is they're trying not to make people who don't get periods (mostly cis men) uncomfortable. but if you have a phobia of blood and you bleed from your vag every month, it won't make a damn difference if the commercials show red colors or not to represent the blood.
also why don't we do this with everything then? people could have phobias of all sorts of things, but we don't substitute other "less offensive" things in most commercials to make them more comfortable
And that pretty much sums up the way I feel about that. Oh, and also we glorify violence and gore in hundreds of shows, movies, and video games (which are often specifically marketed to cis men by the way), and nobody has a problem with that, but as soon as that blood is coming out of a vagina instead of literally any other part of the body, everyone loses their minds. What this tells me is that the "blood phobia" argument is specifically about blood that comes from the vagina, and not about blood in general....So if someone who gets periods has a "blood phobia," that sucks for them. But if a cis man has a "blood phobia," he deserves to be coddled and not have to see/hear about, specifically, the blood that comes from a vagina
. Cis men are constantly telling non-men to stop being offended by things, making fun of us when we request trigger warnings, etc. yet they cry like babies when a commercial uses red dye to represent period blood. The hypocrisy is astounding. And there's another piece to this: cis men have been conditioned to believe that they are entitled to not only vaginas - but baby soft, completely waxed, 100% clean, discharge-and-period-blood-free, super tight, flower-scented vaginas. Granted, most vaginas don't meet all of these criteria most of the time (and it would be concerning if they did because many of these things are not healthy), and people generally understand this - but that doesn't stop A LOT of cis men from expecting something very close to this "perfect vagina." And that means many of them expect periods to be out of sight, out of mind. They don't like being reminded that vagina-owners are human, that we have bodily functions, and that we do not exist for them. Periods are a normal part of our lives, and we shouldn't have to pretend they aren't just to make cis men more comfortable.
There was another issue I wanted to discuss..but I forgot. Lmao. Now this journal won't be as long as it could've been. You're welcome.