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*headdesk* - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 22nd, 2012

09:38 am - *headdesk*

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So drug policy is my field of expertise, right? I know more about it than a lot of politicians do - although I know a lot less about it than the people I consider to be the real experts. I've been having an ongoing internet discussion over the last couple of days about LSD, in which the usual stuff has been said - you know, "Makes you think you can fly", "Slowly messes up your head" etc. Citations have been asked for and provided, refuted, debunked or acknowledged. Usual stuff.

My point has been that these blanket assumptions need to be picked up and criticised because they make it much more difficult to discuss drug use and its risks rationally, and the discourse of drugs is particularly prone to them. And it got through. This has been acknowledged and that's awesome. I love it when people get it.

Except, in their acknowledgement, they called me "Sir."

I fucking hate that. I've already been pedantic enough to pick apart language to make a point, I've talked this person to a more critical perspective, and I'd like to leave it there - not jump in and correct them yet again over something new that has nothing to do with the discussion. I feel like doing that would make me a bit of a dick.

But fuck it irritates me that knowing my stuff makes people assume I'm male.

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From:opheliastorn
Date:January 21st, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
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DO IT. I am so pissed off by people assuming everyone on the internet is male (particularly if they can argue well - must be a dude, right?).
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From:morbid_curious
Date:January 21st, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
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What pisses me off more is the guys who, upon learning that someone in the argument is female, stop arguing on points and start with the ad hominem, dismissal, and inappropriate sexual comments. It's amazing how fast a reasonable, rational argument can take a turn for the douche.
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From:opheliastorn
Date:January 21st, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. I mean, I'm shit at making a good argument, myself, but I've seen it happen so many times - the revelation that a poster is female either devolves into tits or gtfo, or suddenly all of her previously reasonable arguments are obviously the result of feminine feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings.
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From:morbid_curious
Date:January 21st, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
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"Good guess, but I'm part of the other 50% of the population that's capable of research and critical thought."
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From:pythia
Date:January 22nd, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
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*like*
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From:downwardlashes
Date:January 21st, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
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That is legitimately irritating, for sure.
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From:tieke
Date:January 22nd, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
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I just got asked if my husband was available to help lay a floor.

By someone who knows I've built a house.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 22nd, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
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O.o

I hope this asking happened in a medium that allows you to think of a suitably snarky response.
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From:explicitreality
Date:January 24th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)

Assumptions

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I'm sorry people suck.

that is all.
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