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Old 05-15-2019, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Velocity View Post
While it's true that the choice of messenger can make people bristle, that's more the fault of the audience than the speaker - and it's the audience who should change, not the messenger. If a white person delivers a talk about 'toxic Asianness' and people bristle because the white speaker isn't Asian (but they would be perfectly fine with the speech had it come from an Asian speaker), that's ad hominem on part of the audience.
Who the messenger is is always important, and being too cavalier about this ensures your message (whatever it is) will not be heard. As many a politician has learned since the beginning of time. And it is important to find the right terminology too. I'm just not convinced there are better ways of talking about gender-influenced bad behavior than "toxic masculinity/femininity".

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