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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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SkylarkBrigader Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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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AnnaLucia-ArtJourney Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconclapplz: Love it! :iconcryingrainbowsplz:
Finally, someone said it.
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cdlc Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Great insight!
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks :)
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ZachDoug Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
    This is exactly how I feel! I've met plenty of sexist women. Plenty of gender equality rights men. I've met many racist persons of colour, and many racially accepting 'non persons of colour', I've met plenty of heterophobic LBGT people. I've met plenty of pro LGBT cishet people. I've met plenty of snobby poor people. I've met plenty of kind and generous rich people. I've met plenty of ordinary, happy and goodwilled people of eastern religious belief. And on the news every day are plenty of cases of christian U.S. citizen terrorism.. even on other christian U.S. citizens. I've met plenty of scummy genderfluid people. I've met plenty of levelheaded upright cishet people. I've met people who are people. Not evil. Not wrong. Not good. Not saints. Just people. Who are no better or worse than one another when you inspect them each closely.
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EJwhiskers Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is everything I have been trying to get across to people. Poetry is far stronger in my opinion so well done for that! This is wonderful and I agree with absolutely everything.

With mountains of "die cishet scum" hate pouring into my ask box every week, I think I can clearly say that it is definitely not fun. No, not as harmful as transphobia but, for someone who has been suicidal in the past, still pretty harmful, wouldn't you agree? In short, it's not cool to make people hate themselves or apologise for being who they are (unless they literally are racist and homophobic and generally shit but you know what I mean.) and it's generally referred to as bullying.

Also, I find it faintly amusing that people still think I'm straight.
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CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much and I'm glad you agree! :)

I haven't had any of that kind stuff sent to me (apart from one tiny argument I got into after I put up a post saying how it isn't right to tell cis people to kill themselves) and I'm really sorry it gets sent to you. It is very harmful, telling anyone to die is disgusting and wrong, regardless of who is sending that hate. Do I follow you on tumblr? If not, may I have your url? (It's cool if you don't want me to follow you)

I'm not entirely sure about my sexuality. I mean, I know I'm definitely not one hundred percent straight. I'm kinda not sure if I'm bi or lesbian. But I also find it amusing that my family think I'm 110% straight. 
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