One of the most common complaints by social justice activists about social justice activism is that there’s a lot of toxicity. Whenever an activist makes a misstep, other activists will “call out” that person, sometimes directing a disproportionate amount of anger and abuse at them. This pattern is often (but not always) referred to as “call-out culture”.
For a while, I’ve been collecting a lot of articles and blog posts which critique call-out culture from an internal view point. My main motivation is that I would like to write about the topic myself, and I’d like my ideas to be responsive to what has already been said. For my continuing thoughts, please follow my call-out culture tag. At some point I also intend to write a summary of the content in these links.
Trav Mamone, who is a blogger for Queereka, interviewed me for their podcast, Bi Any Means. The podcast is about the intersection of humanism and social justice, and the interview was primarily about my personal experiences as an ace and atheist.
I haven’t listened to the edited version of the podcast yet, and I’m afraid that I always experience dysphoria when I hear recordings of my voice.
From what I recall, my biggest regret was that I kept on using “asexual” as a synecdoche for the asexual spectrum, which is a quirk I know many people dislike. Also, I neglected to mention demisexuality at the appropriate time. It went pretty fast! I look forward to the day when everybody just knows this stuff already and I don’t feel bad about any particular omission.
Take the 2015 Ace Community Census! It’s open to both ace and non-ace respondents. We need a control group, after all.
I’m on the committee which created the census. So if you think the survey is great/terrible, you can thank/blame me. I do most of the data analysis for the survey, which is published here.