Recent on the blue, there have been a perceived recent spate of posts which highlight gender inequalities. I decided I would try to approach these with an open mind, but am immediately drawn into the more contrary (and in my opinion, incorrect) comments.
posted by Debaser626 to MetaFilter-Related at 11:54 AM (360 comments total)
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It seems while my initial goal is to approach from a neutral position, In practice, I specifically seek out and fixate on the comments or sections of the post material where I feel justified in retaliating or are debate-worthy, see my contributions in this thread
, and engaging in fighty, emotional "I'm right and seemypointdammit" comments.
I would appreciate any input from people on how to approach a thread that engages a immediate personal defensiveness and desire to argue, but with an open mind, to see other's points of view and broaden one's perspective.
In the referenced thread, I'm definitely in the minority, but it still really got my goat. I have a sneaking suspicion I'm not all that progressive as I thought, and I harbor some "old ideas," hence my immediate defensiveness, and this is something I'd like to try to correct.
I'm married with a daughter, my mom is a strong, woman figure, and to top it all off I'm one of two guys in my entire office, so I think being able to peruse threads like the recent gender inequality posts with an open mind would help my life in general and help to identify where I am being dishonest with myself, and what needs to be worked on.
Does anyone have any advice on how they were able to approach FPPs and the ensuing threads which historically had affected them emotionally (and perhaps irrationally) in order to be able to absorb new information and viewpoints?