When I receive comments like this either on this blog, on my Tumblr, on Facebook, or in person, I kind of want to shoot myself in the face.
“Yeah well, I’m [insert group name here] and this doesn’t apply to me.”
I will personally give you $20 if you can find a post on this blog claiming that all x are y. When you’re writing about culture and social science, as I do, a certain amount of generalization is necessary to be able to make a point. I’ve decided not to insult my readers’ intelligence by littering my blog posts with inane truisms like “but of course there is an exception to every rule” and “this may not apply to every individual but” and so on. Apparently, though, people don’t understand this, so I probably need to add a “generalization warning” to the two warnings that I already have.
“That’s just your opinion.”
Gee, brilliant observation, Einstein. This is my blog! Of course it’s just my opinion! I will gladly pay up another $20 if you find a post in which I claim to be the supreme authority on some subject or other.
“Don’t be so judgmental.”
Or what? I’ll be a Bad Person? I never claimed to be a perfect saintly individual who doesn’t judge people. Most people judge people. Granted, most people do not have a blog, so perhaps that’s what sets me apart. In which case, go ahead and state the problem as it really is–I’m a woman, I’m sharing my opinions, and my opinions aren’t always Nice and Kind and Loving. Oh noes!
“Check your privilege.” (and variations thereof)
I’ve already written about this so much that I hardly have anything to add and will simply direct you to this, this, and this.
“I like you better when you aren’t so angry.”
Yeah, and I like the world better when it doesn’t have any problems for me to get angry about. I also like YOU better when you don’t demand constant cheeriness from me. What can I say, we all have our likes and dislikes!
I’m sorry, you must’ve gotten lost on the way to your junior high and accidentally ended up on my blog. You should probably get going now.
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I know! I get them, too, and always wonder what kind of a person it takes to tell me “That’s just your opinion” when in the header of my blog it says it: “An academic’s opinion.”
It’s the last retort of someone who really doesn’t have an argument. It’s basically saying, guess what, there are other opinions out there! I just can’t formulate one at the moment!
Check your privilege? I have to go and check that out, as I have NO idea what on earth that means!
Hmmmm – checked the links and I’m still non the wiser. This must be an Americanism that I have no clue about. 😦
about “check your privilege:” i don’t get it. i mean, i know what it means to check one’s privilege andi know that i sometimes need other people to remind me to check my privilege, but i don’t really understand your point. sorry for being clueless; enlighten me?
other than that, i hate comments like these! i get them all the time and they make me want to strangle the commenters. i also hate comments that say things like, “you don’t actually exist. yeah. because i know your gender and sexuality better than you do.”