File under: Things I did not expect in this month’s Cosmopolitan, but I am quite impressed by. Now if they could write a little more about it that would be great.
(Also if someone who was asexual could actually confirm this is an appropriate and nice response, because I’m assuming it is.)
I’m asexual and this is genuinely really good omg
As someone who is ace I second that comment and I am also very pleased that this magazine (which I’ve heard is notorious for dripping with sex positive sexiness) has chosen to recognize that, hey, we exist and we’re not just being “prudes.”
The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”
"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.
"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."
"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."
(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)
This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.
This is kinda a fucked up example because what you’re saying is that oppression and violence was at one point, and continues to be, justifiable. From where I’m sitting.
Isn’t that part of the problem? that at one point those things were the standard because enough people in positions of influence believed they were right? And then it slowly morphed into the background reason that becomes hard to question.