This post is also fabulous; it reminds you that you can be an ally, an activist. These words are silencing mechanisms, not actual criticisms of what you’re saying. This post was intended for women and feminists especially, but there are many other brands of activism that are silenced by shaming words.
Words that other readers suggested include
- You’re taking this too personally!
- Any diminutive word for women, (Princess, pet, love)
- White Knighting
Non-gendered silencing words include
- Bleeding heart liberal
- White guilt
- Reverse Racism
Are there any other words that are used as silencing mechanisms rather than attempts to discuss problems?
List the ones you’ve heard in the comments.
- When “Men’s Rights” Narratives Kill (rawstory.com)
- Dudes in Ladyspaces: A Field Guide to Mansplainers (persephonemagazine.com)