Over a series of columns that have upset people on multiple levels, I've been asking questions. They are questions intended to create thought, to make people think in ways outside their norms. They are questions that I am asking because I want to learn from the readers here.
Learning from people is not always a simple process. You can't just ask one question, you see. You ask one, and then you listen to the answer, and then you ask another question based on that answer. People are different -- as the answers have already shown -- and since I've set aside my own thoughts on this so far, I'm able to pay close attention.
So, once again, it's follow up time. I'm still learning from you, the readers, and I'm interested in what you have to say. So, here are some more questions for you.
These are not going to be friendly questions, either. I've learned a lot from the answers, and one of the things I've learned is that some people out there are extremely paranoid about me.
So these questions are not easy, and this time, I really do have an agenda in asking them.
I will stipulate a few rules to this process. I realize some people dislike that even as a merest suggestion, but I think it's important as people need to do it. I'm not changing the rules, either.
A. I'm not going to comment on the posting. I'm learning from you. One of the things some people have said is that I don't listen to others, that I don't give them a shot. Well, this is that chance.
B. Don't critique or criticize another poster's responses. That's going to be hard. In fact, that's going to be damn hard given the questions I'm going to ask.
C. Answer the questions. No vacillating, no talking about subjects that are germane but not part of the actual answer. No guessing about what I mean in asking them, and don't worry about what I might think or others might think about your answers. There's no sinister motive behind this, and if you think the questions are some kind of trap, well, as far as I'm concerned, you have some issues with paranoia.
D. This is just about the questions. Not me, not other commenters, not Bilerico, not some greater good or lesser evil, not about who did what to whom with that where and if they enjoyed it or not. Just the questions.
And now, the questions:
1. What is the LGBT to you?
2. Why is the LGBT that to you?
3. Since it appears to be a strongly held belief among all the groups that Trans only legislation would not pass in Congress, why would anyone think it's going to be "easier" later to do so?
4. How much later? Per the NGLTF, an average of 14 years (and still getting longer with each day) is needed, and in most cases, even after 14 years, its still not happening.
5. Why do people still think assimilation works?
6. Describe feminism.
7. What is intersectionality?
8. What are your privileges?
9. What are you fighting for: tolerance or acceptance?
10. Why are you fighting for that?