They can be applied to absolutely any group for any problem and their only purpose is literally to convict an entire group based on the actions of a few of its members.
"Not all black people are violent but some are, so avoid all black people."
"Not all women are weak, but some are, so all women are inferior."
Conviction of a group based on negative stereotypes of its members is the definition of racism and sexism. When you reblog this shit, you’re justifying hatred and mistrust of a group based on the actions of, at the moment, one man. Guess what- Every definable group has someone in it who fucks shit up for everyone else.
People are not M&Ms, they are not chambers in a gun. People are angry right now. Justifiably. We should all be angry at what happened. But we should not allow seemingly clever little punchlines on tumblr to use our anger to scapegoat a gender.
All you people who hate gender discrimination, look how easily you began discriminating against a gender for the actions of one man. Look how you’ve been used. And you have been used, played like drums. This is how it starts for gays. African Americans. Jews over and over again. Any minority, any majority.
Men are in no danger of being subjugated. Men are gonna come through this just fine. I’m not writing this in defense of men. I’m writing it for you. The person who thought it was clever and reblogged it. Because you’re the victim here.
You’re the one who’s betrayed yourself. The one who’s been hoodwinked. Tricked into sexism. And if you can be tricked into it for this, you can be tricked into it for anything. The name of the scapegoat will change, but the tactics will be exactly the same. Next week on tumblr:
"Not all gays are child molesters, but some are. Don’t trust gays."
You’re only a millimeter away from that.
Shame on you all.