Originally Posted by n0alpha
Oh really? I challenge you to start such an organization on a college campus. Apparently you have no idea, and you're definitely not a straight white male so you have no experience in this arena.
Your ignorance baffles me.
alpha, I was not attacking you personally. I was simply pointing out a view that I felt you had overlooked.
No doubt any such organization that I would attempt to create on a college campus would be a subject of ridicule. My years and general physical decline would put off anyone who might want to join, making any such effort laughable.
As to whether or not I have any idea, I have long been the beneficiary of the society I have already named as I am a card carrying member in good standing. Thoughout my life, I have received one of the society's greatest perks...
...the benefit of the doubt.
I am not tall, particularly stand-outish and I am fairly certain that I am not considered gay but I don't know for sure. No guys have ever come on to me but there could be MANY reasons for that! The thing is, in group situations of mixed race or gender, people have always assumed that I was the leader/boss/spokesperson/whathaveyou, regardless of my status in that group at the time. I have seen black men with whom I was in company, harrassed, while I was given deferential treatment. There's plenty more, I'm sure, if I care to think back far enough but this has already gotten longer than I expected.
Yes, alpha, I am ignorant but please don't be baffled. I am ignorant of what it is like to be viewed as a threat to one's personal safety as I walk down a street or ride in an elevator. I am ignorant of how it feels to be turned down for a loan because of the color of my skin. I am ignorant of what it is like to not get hired because I might get pregnant and be unable to work.
These things I have witnessed in my life and while I am grateful for being in the club, I realize the unfairness of it to those who aren't. Whatever small edge a person who is not a member of my club can gain by creating one of their own is an advantage I will cede to them as I know that ultimately, I'll be OK.
The odds are stacked in my favor.
Dig's Edit: I was not sure how to refer to you personally as you don't offer any other version of your screen name so I went with 'alpha' as the most logical. Please correct me if I am mistaken.