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Not every man is a sexist
Not every woman is a saint.
Not every white person is a racist;
You might think it’s so, but it ain’t.

Not every straight is a homophobe
Not every LGBT person is nice.
Not every rich person is a snob;
I won’t tell you twice.

Not every Muslim is a terrorist
Not every Christian is kind.
Not every cishet person is scum;
Please keep that in mind.

Not every human being is evil
Not every human being is good.
Can’t we all just try to get along;
I really think that we should.
Explanation (or: Ellie Goes on a Rant)

This is in reaction to quite a few, mostly internet-based, things that I've noticed recently. Just something that might be totally irrelevant, but I'm writing this as a seventeen-year-old girl who identifies herself as being bisexual (with a slight preference towards women). I'm going to break this down into the stanzas. Here we go:

Stanza One
Recently, I wrote a poem about feminism (I Need Feminism) and there was an overwhelming response that a lot of people thought I was blaming everything on every man - this isn't true. However, even more alarmingly, is the fact that some thought it was alright to blame men. It isn't; not at all. Not every man is sexist, just as not every woman isn't. As for the 'racist' line, I've come across a few instances where people have been accused of being racist just for being white - if you search the internet for such instances, you'll see it. Someone on here accused me of being a racist because I am apparently a 'privileged little white girl' and then they compared me to women who let the slave trade happen. Of course, I know that racism is a huge and absolutely vile problem, but it's the same as the 'Not every man is sexist' - not every person who is not a part of an ethnic minority is racist. That is an incorrect sweeping generalisation. 

Stanza Two
This is the stanza that I wrote first, at quarter past one this morning. My point here is that, especially on websites like tumblr, there is a lot of negativity attached to being straight; apparently, it automatically makes you homophobic. I've even seen cases where a straight person made a post about being an ally to LGBT people, but then got responses like 'we don't need your help - you don't understand' and 'don't make me laugh'. As mentioned up above, I myself am a bisexual and I think it's wrong to extend the prejudices that we face towards those trying to help us. With regards to the 'rich' line; apparently being rich or privileged automatically makes you a dickhead. I am not rich, but I know people who are and this, obviously, isn't the case.

Stanza Three
Something that pisses me off no end, is when small-minded, ignorant people accuse someone of being a terrorist or extremist just because they are Muslim. It happens and I've seen it and I think it's disgusting, just as with any act of racism. Christians in the media are often portrayed as being incapable of doing wrong, which also isn't the case. Of course, I have a lot of Christian friends and I love them all dearly; my point here is that being a Christian, or any other religion, does not make you a good (or bad) person (just in case you are wondering, I am agnostic). 

This 'cishet' thing is something that I feel (possibly a bit too) strongly about. Obviously, I know that homophobia and transphobia are  massive problems; I'm bisexual, of course I know that. But do you know what's not okay? Making fun of anyone for their sexual identity or orientation and this, believe it or not, extends to people who are heterosexual and/or cisgender (someone who identifies themselves as the gender that matches the sex they were assigned at birth). If you go onto tumblr and search the tag 'cis' or 'cishet' or 'cisscum', you will stumble upon an unbelievable shit storm. On that website, the word 'cis' or 'cishet' is usually followed by the word 'scum' and then 'die'. Clearly, transphobia and homophobia are much bigger problems in the world, but that does not make it okay to bully and to tell people to die just because they don't face the same social adversity that you do. 

Stanza Four
Well, this stanza is exactly what it says on the tin.




Long story short, it is never okay to discriminate or be prejudiced against or to bully someone, even if they are a part of a majority. It's never okay to judge someone based on something that they are unable to control (i.e. gender) or on things like their religion. Judge someone based on whether they're an asshole or not. Being part of a minority does not make someone exempt from being a bully. Being part of a majority does not automatically make someone evil. Being part of a minority does not automatically make someone evil. Being part of a majority does not make it okay to bully someone. BULLYING AND DISCRIMINATION ARE NEVER OKAY. 
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kat1004 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Finally. I love people like you, people who understand that stereotypes are just that, and not a definitive description of whatever group they 'describe'.

I read your 'I Need Feminism' poem, and I believe that I read it in the way you meant it to be read, portraying most of the statements as a form of sarcasm and a description of what is widely accepted to be okay in society. Forgive me if I misunderstood, but as a female who identifies as non-binary, I sincerely appreciated the fact that someone took the time to write something like that, and I hated the people who commented saying that you were wrong.

This poem, however, is much deeper. It goes beyond one specific area of discrimination/stereotyping, and it brings to light much of the world's problem. We're too busy hating each other to see that not everyone deserves that hate.
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otterwillow Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love this poem and the rant is awesome too! La la la la ,


Um, I kinda want a tumbler account for art, and I'm kind of straight, cisgender and white-
and there quite a few artist's I like on there=P (Razz) ,

Will I really have to deal with that level of crazy? I've heard if you put anon asks off it's better and you can block people, but I'm really not sure... Sweating a little...
 
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! 

You should definitely get a tumblr! It's really great for the most part; it's just a few people who get a little carried away. If you get one, let me know and I'll follow you (my url is unicornsandbandsandstuff). :)
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otterwillow Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I have a bit of a low self esteem so I'm a bit unsure how I'd cope If people started threatening me...

Does that sort of thing happen allot? Sweating a little... 
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Nite1nBlack Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
*ahem*
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THANK YOU!
God does it feel good to see someone understand the concept of moral ambiguity! (I love purple prose.)
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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SkylarkBrigader Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Lol but Wolverine was horrible! xD
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KatNikki Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Writer
I'm tardy to the party on this one, but I don't care because you've done it again.
Your wording is splendid, your views make so much sense, and I just can't get enough. You're getting a watch immediately, and all of my loving favorites. This is the kind of thing that needs to change our world. <3
Thank you so much for another great poem. ^^
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outmost433 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
AAAAAAH YES BLESS :iconasdfghplz:
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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