Happy Sunday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Politics, Politalks, the segment where I write about whatever political topic happens to be on my mind. Once again, any and all views I express here are entirely my own and should in no way be thought of as a representation of any other party.
I think I’m going to try to keep things a little lighter today. I need a break from writing about things that are plaguing our society. On that note, I just got done with my first week of classes at the beautiful University of Wisconsin Madison.
So far I really like being back at school. All of my classes seem really interesting, I dig my new apartment, and the campus is as bustling as ever. The student body and its proximity to the capitol are actually some of the main reasons as to why I decided to attend UW Madison. This is a very liberal and politically involved city, which is great for me as I am a very politically involved, liberal guy. However, even I think that some activists are taking it too far.
For example, when I was hanging up some fliers for BaddaBing BaddaBlog (you gotta love free advertising) I noticed a poster for a feminist bake sale. It was advertising that men pay a dollar for a cupcake, while women only have to pay fifty cents for a baked good. I do not know if this was a genuine advertisement or if it was a joke. If it was sarcasm or satire, fantastic, that’s actually genuinely funny and thought provoking. However, if this was a real event, it becomes funny in a different, much darker way. I know whoever ran this bake sale probably is a good person who is trying to fight for equality, but the way they are going about it is doing as much harm as good by alienating broad demographics and unintentionally coming off as extremists.
Another example of politic activism gone wrong is the story of an ecology student being beaten up by his classmates for using a plastic water bottle instead of a reusable one. The students who committed the act of violence believed that they were justified and that they were protecting the environment, while the student who had the water bottle was probably just thirsty. Again, I can see what the activists were trying to do here, but I wholeheartedly disagree with their methods.
The point I’m trying to make here is that it is okay to feel passionately about something. We need people in the world who fight tooth and nail to try to change things for the better. I believe that they shouldn’t be a dick about it though. I understand that sometimes to get things done you have to be a hard-ass, but by going to extremes against people who are not the core perpetrates of the problem, some activists are making their entire cause look bad. In short, be passionate, but also be polite.
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