christine~ (eppylover) wrote,
christine~
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Gay Rights ~~ If you don't believe in it, then just ignore this.

> If you don't believe in gay rights, then just ignore this.
Brian has a headache
A lot of people have fallen for this meme, which ends in the above sentence. This meme is not merely a plea for a show of support.

It's subtle, very subtle. However, it works against the objective it appears to defend.

I can still recall when, back in the mid-to-late 60's, this same tactic was used to turn undecided people against the civil rights movement. In the late 60's-early 70's, once again it was used relative to the Women's Liberation Movement.
"If you don't do this, if you don't like that, then you are against us!"

The this and that in themselves were minor little trifles ~ and, like now, nobody kept track of anybody who didn't do what was "required" then, either ~ however, the reverse psychological impact was quietly effective. It helped hold back progress just that much more. Even though things eventually worked out okay, you will still find older people who still have their backs turned because they felt insulted.

Most LJ'ers are all for gay rights, anyway. But ~ what if someone who was still undecided (and there are thousands of people in that position) came across this meme? Even if they didn't have a journal or blog of their own, the implied "threat" they read might be enough to push them away. A trite feather to break the camel's back.

It's a great quote that begins that meme:
"Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" - Ernest Gaines
We would like to know who really believes in gay rights on LiveJournal. There is no bribe of a miracle or anything like that. If you truly believe in gay rights, then repost this and title the post as "Gay Rights".

Now, if people who robotically passed this along had just used their own common sense and left out that one last sentence,
> If you don't believe in gay rights, then just ignore this.
there would be no problem.

Or are LJ'ers so indoctrinated with the "copy exactly as printed" concept that they are unable to think and do for themselves? Hell, this is causing too much of a hoo-ha, I'm gonna just wipe the whole thing out and whine about it. Why? Basically, if you like memes, it's a good concept. Just remove that one fucking sentence. Jeeez.

Out of curiosity, I googled that sentence and found a massive amount of replies on different sites by people who feel as I do ~ that the sentence bothers them, because it's being done badly. It's passive aggressive.

One person says: "This is analogous to some guy telling his girlfriend that if she really loved him she'd do it."

> If you don't believe in gay rights, then just ignore this.

It's not a trivial statement, it's well thought-out, and I doubt if it was included innocently.

Of course nobody's keeping track, and nobody's going to attack you for not posting it. That's not my point. The very implication is insulting.

Still another person comments that he believes in gay rights, but does not believe in emotional blackmail, even in the cause of gay rights.

I've found gay people protesting this coercive means of persuasion, one of which said, "While of course I am all for gay rights, I find this sort of thing (make a public declaration, right now, because I say so; or be branded as someone who is against this thing) offensive. As a result I shan't be joining."

The most intelligent of the batch said this: "I already post regular updates on gay rights issues. But I like the quote, and I think I'll just post that without passing on the implication that not reposting is synonymous with not caring."

Ah. One person uses her head.

Actually, the blackmailer got the job done: there is a lot of argumentative discussion out there about it
~~ however, the discussions that ensued miss the point of gay rights entirely.

Go figure.

EDIT: There are actually a few communities and LJ'ers who are AGAINST gay marriage! But not very damn many, compared to the pro-gay marriage people and communities!
See http://www.livejournal.com/interests.bml?int=no+gay+marriage
and
http://www.livejournal.com/interests.bml?int=against+gay+marriage

Are there any other search terms you can think of?
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