This week, between the sh** Germaine Greer said*, and the cr*p Tommy Robinson pulled**, it might've seemed like the whole world had had a moment of extreme bigotry.
(...and I realise those are only two examples. I could've come up with a ton more, but it's too dispiriting, honestly, so I've stuck to these two.)
What is concerning is that many people still see Greer as a voice for Feminism in general - which, clearly, she can no longer claim to be.
(I really hope so, anyway.)
Journalist Owen Jones took the opportunity presented by Tommy Robinson's arrest to discuss a major point - censorship and freedom of speech.
This is something that we see a lot in the online bookish world - any criticism of hate-speech or problematic content results in people shouting 'censorship' in order to try to shut up their critics.
Why am I pointing these things out?
Because even when the world is at its darkest, there are people willing to shine a light into the shadows. There are people willing to speak out against hatred.
There are people willing to bring light to this world by writing and speaking up for truth and love and justice and anti-prejudice and anti-bigotry.
And maybe, given everything going on in the world right now, that makes me sound like I've had a heaping bowl of sunshine and rainbows for breakfast, followed by a helping of rose-tinted glasses.
But we need the sunshine and rainbows, my dearest nerdlets. We need hope and positivity and courage and determination and tolerance.
So remember, even when the world seems dark, there is light, my dearest nerdlets. Have an awesome day.
So, what do you think? Had you heard what Germaine Greer said? Have you heard of Tommy Robinson? (I really hope the answer to that last one is 'no') Talk to me! 💋💬
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