Growing up I never saw any particular disapproval of gay marriage or having people of another race subject to racism or real stereotypes. This extends to women given equality as well, and I think it is mostly to do with the people I was around growing up to this point in my life.
I have always been able to make strong distinctions between fiction and reality, between what I see portrayed in films, games or what have you as noticeably different to world of reality. I have never assumed anything that I see from the few reflects the many as the idea seemed to defy logic in my mind, for what reason would every individual be the same except to achieve a hive mind status? I notice that much of the bigotry from older generations is easily broken down by a newer generation when we tend to try and find reasoning in their views and I wonder if that is what happened with me. I was raised by a loving mother and a somewhat problematic but on the whole love-filled father. They taught me to look and observe people from their actions, we even have a fridge magnet with the quote from Shakespeare ” They do not love that do not show their love”. It was ingrained into my mind from many angles to judge a person on what they do, things like gender sexual orientation and race are simply just there.
To the topic of this post, I don’t consider myself a feminist because I fail to see how it is something you are. It has been in my entire life a basic concept to have people treated equally in certain regards and the idea of being one seemed alien to me. Imagine saying in perhaps 40 years time you are a a supporter of homosexual relationships, as if at that point it is not as synonymous with any person with half a brain cell as being a oxygen breather or a blood pumper. That is what Feminism feels like to me, everyone around me for 20 years has been in approval of the notion that I saw it as common sense. Perhaps I view the labelling of the thought shows that at one point I was not, that I became one after a revelation. Certainly my first words weren’t “equal rights for women” but it is such a pivotal part of the human being I am that to not be seems almost inhuman at this point in time. I have never seen a person who challenges equal rights for women and seemed like a decent human being, it is something only the scum of our species come to think and at a certain age you should be aware that perhaps whatever you thought or were raised to think might not all there is to it. Forming your own mind is part of that adolescent period of finding yourself in a new body and mind.
So what do you all think? Perhaps as a male I was given the gift of avoiding this pit of hatred as it was never pointed towards me. Do you think calling yourself a Feminist or what have you is important when the promoted and fought for aspects seem like a natural state of mind for people? Maybe I lived a sheltered life for much of my years and I just have a odd perspective from the kind of people I have been around? Thanks you for your input and I know reading all these feminist and Gamergate posts and news articles can be a rather depressing experience. So have a much larger thanks for reading this.