Bubble Talk

Seriously now, Jason Mankey?

While I can certainly see his food intentions in “Beyond The Bubble”, and I guess it’s nice that he closes with an assurance that he calls out bigotry, there’s a big difference between a white, cis, ostensibly able-bodied, het-passing male who galena to be pagan declaring that he’s friends with Trump supporters, especially with talking about the assumed necessity needed in order to work with others, and the implications that this is a task all us grown ups should take on, and the reality faced by those of us who don’t share those privileges with him standing up and leaving the room because we just don’t feel safe there.

I cannot remain friends with someone who thinks it’s OK for another to say queerphobic, racist, sexist, ableist, and so on, because even when it’s not things that would directly affect my safety, it would threaten the safety of others I hold dear.

It’s great when someone wants to be a mediator, but we all have personal lines in the sand that we have to draw as a matter of protecting our physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and it does no-one any good to chide others for “living in a bubble” because they’re doing what they need to do to take care of themselves.

While there is certainly something to be said for breaking out of one’s comfort zones, it’s only a decision you can make on your own, not because some guy on the Internet with a lot more privilege than most pagans says it’s self-defeating to “live in a bubble.”


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