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Dear White Man,
I know, life is hard sometimes. I do understand that your life is not perfect. I do understand that you struggle. That you also suffer from low self-esteem. That you went through a divorce. That your broken childhood fucked you up. That you met a lot of obstacles and that you overcame them. I’m genuinely happy for you that you did, really. That you are happy. Everyone deserves to be happy.
Anyway, you still need to learn how to shut up sometimes.
If you are a white, hetero, cis, middle-class man: you have all rights to exist and to express your opinion in public debate. But just stop thinking that you and your kind have an exclusive right to the debate. You are not the only one who can speak. You are not the only one that should be listened to. And public debate is not only about talking, it is about listening. And you are all over the bloody public debate. Dear White Man, just shut up for a little while, so other people will be able to claim a voice of their own. And by the way, there are certain areas, where you simply don’t have a say.
First: abortion. Just shut up. If you are not a woman, or have never been, just shut the fuck up about questions concerning women’s bodies and our right to self-determination. Dear White Man, you do not own my body, and you will never get to control it, either through laws or personally. So just shut up about it, you really don’t have a say.
Secondly: racism. Here, you really need to learn to shut up. You have no right, whatsoever, to tell non-white people how they should feel about racism and what is racist and what is not racist. Just face it, White Man, you are not in the position to determine this. You have absolutely no idea – so shut up. I know that you will probably understand this as a reduction of your already massive privileges, but really, being racist is not a privilege. And it’s not part of your human rights or whatever to define racism for other people who might actually have to experience it on a daily basis while you have absolutely no idea how it feels. So just shut up.
Thirdly: same-sex marriage. White Man, I understand your frustration. It must be a horrible feeling to be a part of a huge organised institution with hundred thousands of members, and your opinion is not the only one that counts. Again, you must perceive this as a massive reduction of your privileges. Dear White Man, you have to understand that you don’t own religion. You can stand there and wave your Bible booklet and find support for all your views, but big surprise, so can we. And dear little straight White Man, just shut the fuck up about things you don’t understand.
Everywhere, in job meetings, in the media, in political debates, in the pub, we hear all these male voices.
So please. Dear White Man, if you want to do something good for the world, just shut up a little. You’re hurting my ears with your nagging. I want to hear other voices. But that won’t happen until you shut up. So I ask you, politely this time: Please shut up.