|There's nothing I hate more than...
||[Jun. 17th, 2004|08:31 pm]
... people who start every sentence with "As a ____, I think that."
Recently, I entered the DNC essay contest (see below). I did not win. That's cool and all. I didn't expect to win, considering there were 1100 essays. However, an essay that did win not only used that phrase, but played on it as a large part of its reasoning. The particular fill-in-the-blank won't be mentioned, since it's not germane.
However, since when did we define ourselves like that like it proves a point? 'As a woman,' nothing, as far as I'm concerned, unless it's reproductive rights, or something like that that has to do with being a woman. However, if your 'as a woman' continues to 'I think that the war in Iraq is bad,' that's a non sequitur of the highest order.
Show me how being a woman colors your perspective on the war. Show me how being black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Native American, Vogon, whatever, makes censorship a particular issue for you. Show me how having a disability makes you uniquely qualified to judge the artistic merit of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers.'
Otherwise, don't make those statements. It makes you look uneducated, uninformed, and trading on whatever fills in the blank instead of actually having your own opinion for a reason.
And if I ever use 'as a person with a physical disability, I think that ___' for something that doesn't have jack to do with disability, please tell me and I'll make every effort to correct myself, because I find that about the most abhorrent thing to say, and devaluing everything your race, culture, religion, sexuality, whatever has fought for, attempted, and attained.