So, I’m a gamer. I enjoy not only boardgames, card games, and pen-and-paper RPGs, but videogames too. As such, I read a number of webcomics focused on gaming, one of which is Penny Arcade.
Seriously, these guys are great people. Both are happily married with children, are the creators of PAX (conventions centered around videogames), and give donations to numerous charities that support children, like Child’s Play.
So imagine my surprise when I saw that some social justice warriors were condemning Penny Arcade, more specifically the illustrator, Mike. Taking a closer look, I found this:
Apparently Mike is a horrible, overprivileged, hateful, transphobic bigot. Why? He gave a review about a game that involves female masturbatory practices (probably safer not to ask) and mentioned that it made sense that vaginas were shown since…well, women have those. Little did he know that this biological fact is actually a form of verbal hatred towards trans women. Because sometimes men have vaginas, too.
Along with a really awesome conversation being Mike and a MtF friend of his, and the resulting donation to The Trevor Project. While I still don’t think he had anything to apologize for, it’s good to see something come out of this debacle that actually helps people;
Some of you who know me might be thinking, “But Tarnished, you have gender dysphoria. Don’t you agree that Gabe was being an oppressive, patriarchal shitlord by claiming ladyparts are only on women?”
My answer to this would be no. No, I do not. Because he is actually correct. Unless we are talking about intersex people who were born with ambiguous genitals, the overwhelming majority of males have penises/testicles and the vast majority of women have clitori/vaginas. To admit this is not an act of hatred, bigotry, or transphobia. It’s indicative of your ability to realize our species, like many others, has two sexes with sexually dimorphic parts. This is not to say you must be satisfied or happy with the parts you were born with, or that you should be disallowed from using available technologies to alter your body to reflect the sex you identify with. But that’s why we have the word “sex” vs “gender”. One describes the physical reality of your body, the other describes your mental identification.
It’s entirely possible, though rare, to have a difference between one’s sex and gender, and that’s okay. I am a woman…I have a female body. Just because I don’t mentally identify with it or want it, doesn’t change this fact. I greatly appreciate it when the people I’m close to treat me as they would a man, but to say I am a man is wrong.
The issue with social justice warriors (SJWs) is they are angry at nature. They rage against scientific research that doesn’t conform to this idea that humanity (whether physically, mentally, or socially) is somehow infinitely malleable…that every person is simply a product of their environment or upbringing and nature has nothing to do with how they are. What this leads to is not an era of tolerance, but one of irresponsibility.
“It’s not my fault I’m an alcoholic, I saw my father drink all the time when I was younger!”
“I got rejected by my preferred college because I have a vagina, not because other applicants had better grades than me!”
“The wait staff at this restaurant are all racists, because they don’t give me the same level of politeness as other patrons. It’s because I’m ^some minority^, not because I treat them like subservient inferiors when I speak to them!”
When everyone/everything is to blame for the issues you face except for you, you’ve already given up any concept of responsibility for your actions. This is the danger that SJW “tolerance” creates. Because if everyone’s opinion is valid…no one’s will be.