People who fall outside of traditional gender norms and roles have always been profoundly vulnerable to the worst sides and faces of all societies. I think, in the West, among the dangers faced, there is something that is doing much insidious harm and is on track to do much more of it, down the line, and that is the current state and trend of the gender movement itself.
Slurs and unpleasant comments of a sexual nature are verbal harassment and assault with the potential to cause significant distress and upset and psychological harm, but they are not sexual assault. Words are not violence.
The title – Areopagitica – comes from Areopagus, a large rock outcropping just outside of Athens, Greece. Milton used this because, in ancient times, the outcropping had been used as the seat for councils and tribunals; had been used for open and free debate.
Yet the point of Minds – as I see it, at least – is not to sit as passive haven to be found only by those already looking.
You cannot condemn Islamophobia.
There appear to be three reasons that those-who-otherwise-would do not openly, regularly, publicly, perhaps not even privately, criticise any or all of Islam, or suffer those who do.
There now exist identitarians and labelphiles, caught up in what you are and not what you think, where you’re from and not where you’re headed.
Islamophobia is a meme, and for all the benign and zeitgeist-capturing memes around, this one is insidious, clothed in superficial virtue, and intensely virulent.
The one who thinks the same at 25 as she did at 20 has not made anything like the most of the intervening years.
“They have fought a failing fight for life… stunted by the death of criticism.”
– W. E. B. Du Bois