Thoughts of a grumpy old man
Treatment of Taboos
by, 13th April 2012 at 02:50 PM (227 Views)
Recently, I have seen a lot of people calling out others for being 'homophobes' on JV, sometimes going as far as to haunt them into the Village Games.
I see the reasoning behind this. The general idea is that homophobes tend to have the bible as their only reasoning behind their ideals and usually do not have many arguments to call on.
But is it right to just go full force and call people homophobes the moment they perform such an action? What exactly do you have to gain from doing this? And to what extent is just calling people homophobes managable?
Usually, when someone makes a claim, one's argumentation behind the claim is tested and if someone disagrees the claim is checked for inconsistencies to disprove this person's case.
In this case however, people are instantly called homophobes and no longer get to defend themselves at all; rumors are spread about them and attempts are made to make sure this user is no longer taken seriously at all.
This is not unique to JV. Anything you claim that isn't within the moral norms gets you burned down right away. In the Netherlands, you were not allowed to oppose multiculturalism until 9/11 and supporting the Iraq wars now will instantly decrease one's approval of you.
But why exactly do we do this? While I do not neccecarily mean to agree with the aforementioned examples, I do think it is strange that we reject people who propose these ideas right away? What happened to the general protocol of testing one's argumentation?
In these scenarios, people immediatly get catagorized as something. Be it a homophobe, a redneck or an idiot. But doing this creates another problem of it's own: Catagorizing someone on basis of very limited information; a stereotype and with that a taboo in our modern-day society.
Of course, you get annoyed IF people keep mentioning the same argument over and over with no argumentation whatsoever. But you have nothing to gain from instantly assuming that this is the case.
tl;dr: By calling people out just for mentioning taboos you are not not only wasting your time, you are also guilty of mentioning taboos yourself.