What Activist Burnout Looks Like — My latest for Splice Today


It looks like having a moment of panic every time you hear your phone ding because you’re afraid either trolls are threatening to beat you up on Twitter, or an argument in the comment section of your Facebook page has turned into an ugly shouting match.

It looks like staring at a thought-provoking article you found on either The Establishment or Everyday Feminism for five hours and debating whether or not to share it online because you’re afraid someone will accuse you of being a stupid SJW who hates white people (even though you are white).

It looks like wanting to hide in shame because when you tried to explain the complexities of modern feminism—including valid criticisms of it—all you get in return is a bunch of guys replying, “Feminism is cancer, you cuck!”

It looks like having to take a bunch of deep breaths about half an hour before correcting someone who says, “Black Lives Matter is a hate group.”

It looks like not getting anything done because you’ve spent the entire day explaining to a Facebook friend you don’t think all white straight cis men are inherently bad.

It looks like wanting to punch a baby in the face whenever someone demands you validate your gender identity with a peer-reviewed science journal article.

It looks like wanting to punch a baby in the face whenever, after explaining to someone the science behind gender identity, they respond, “Transgenderism is a mental disorder!”

It looks like gaslighting yourself and wondering if maybe they’re right and you’re just a special snowflake and not a transgender person.

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      • Pierce R. Butler says

        Especially for activism.

        A local group here organized a post-election Trump-protest march which drew between 2-3 thousand, and handled meat-space meetings of over a hundred with skill and finesse. But a flame war broke out on their F’book page…

        This month they had another meeting & formally suspended group activities: 3 attended.

        • says

          The good news is I’m doing some local activist stuff in the next couple of days: PFLAG tomorrow night, then helping with the table of a local progressive group at an outdoor summer concert Saturday evening.

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