Incels: Why I Ignore Them

I’ve been a feminist all my life. I’ve also dealt with sexism all my life. So it’s no wonder I’d be a feminist.

For some men, feminism is hard to understand. But then, most of those people have never delved into feminist theory or tried to even understand a feminist perspective. I’m at the point where, if you’re not a feminist, I don’t even want to bother with you. I don’t need you in my life. There’s simply no other perspective that’s worth my attention.

That’s not to say there aren’t important disagreements among feminists and important issues to tease apart. There most certainly are.

I, for example, am more of an ecofeminist. I think the treatment of animals, the environment and certain humans are interconnected. For more on this, see my post on The Great Chain of Being.

However, it does mean that I’m not spending my time diving into the dark world of incels. I know they’ve been in the news. I know crimes have been attributed to them. I vaguely know their hateful perspective.

None of that is new to me. I’ve gazed into enough evil for one lifetime, thankyouverymuch, and I don’t need to gaze into more.

I know for damn well they have no good arguments. I know for damn sure that their “intellectuals” are putting out propaganda. They are simply not people I take seriously.

I realize I should be worrying about a movement that is literally trying to destroy me. But, quite frankly, ain’t nobody got time for that. I try my best to surround myself with people who are smarter than them. Yes, smarter. Because those guys must be incredibly stupid to fall for the arguments they fall for.

There’s simply no debate on whether women are and should be socially, politically and economically equal to men. No one in their right mind thinks so.

So this will probably be the only time you’ll hear me mention incels. If you’re a guy and you think incels are radically different from you, think again. They are merely distilling the thoughts many men have about women.

As for me, I always knew I lived in a hateful world. Fighting incels is not how I want to spend my time. I want to spend my time in other, better ways. You may think that’s my privilege, but in reality, it’s me setting healthy boundaries.

Climate Change: God’s Law of Consequences

I’m reading the book Boundaries. It’s really a wonderful book. I’ve learned through that book that God has certain spiritual laws in place in addition to laws of nature. I seek to discover each.

Let’s take a look a climate change. Many unschooled Christians think super storms, like the hurricane we experienced in Florida this year, are God’s punishment for things like gay marriage. But I think the lesson is far closer to the point here. God wouldn’t make us take such wild leaps in logic.

Rather, I think the lesson is that we haven’t been very good stewards of the Earth. The Bible says we are to be managers of the Earth. How are we doing as managers? No very good.

We can look to climate science, which tells us that human activity—yes, human activity—is causing a great rise in temperatures. If you don’t believe climate science (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t), you can merely look to the increasing amount of super storms. Why are they happening?

God put in place consequences for every action. Bad actions cause bad consequences. If we are poor stewards of the Earth, we will get an unhealthy planet.

What climate change and super storms tell us is not that gay marriage is bad. Instead, the lesson is that we haven’t been good stewards to the Earth. We need to do much, much better.

(Cross Posted at The New Floridian)

Review of the Past Year

Last week, I was in therapy and the topic of more daily tasks for me to do came up. After reviewing my past year, I think I’ve remained pretty busy!

For example, in the past year, I was:

-Involved with NoDAPL and received a letter from President Obama on the matter.

-In regards to NoDAPL, I was published in the Daytona Beach News Journal.

-I was published on the Ghost Parachute Blog 3 times.

-I wrote a book.

-I edited an international philosophy journal.

-I was on Team Bernie during the primaries.

But most importantly, I have remained focused on my mental and physical health.

Nature Photography

I live with my family in a house on a lake. The back yard is mostly wetlands, and we were told last year (2016) that the lake and wetlands are now a protected environment.

Living in a rustic-type atmosphere is good for me. According to studies, people are more likely to develop psychotic symptoms in urban environments. And, in fact, I had my first psychotic break when I was living in Jacksonville, Florida–a large, urban city.

Because we have been told our lands are protected, we do little to most of it. If you love well-manicured lawns, our house is not for you. We let the majority of it–the protected parts–go back to their original state. This is good for me because one of the my therapeutic hobbies is photography. Now, I’m not saying I’m particularly good at it. I simply enjoy doing it. It relaxes me. It keeps me in a calm, steady state.

Every day, I go outside to look around and see what I can photograph. There’s usually tons of flowers I can shoot. It’s winter now, so the flowers are less than the rest of the year, but there’s still some.

Here’s a picture of the wetlands.

Wetlands are a delicate, essential part of the environment.

Here’s a picture of a flower I took on 1/1/2017:

I’m not sure what kind of flower this is, but I’m pretty sure most people would consider it a weed. If you dislike weeds, you’d dislike our yard. The only real modification we do is get rid of invasive species when we identify them.

Happy Earth Day

As I mentioned previously, I live on a protected environment. I have also worked with an environmental organization. I did business development for a local environmental nonprofit. I had to quit when I fell ill. But perhaps my biggest environmental accomplishment is helping get the lake and wetlands I live on protected.

I received a great environmental education at Stetson University. I learned about Florida springs, wetlands, and more. When I moved to the place I currently live, I was told the lake was over 80 feet deep, and was naturally spring fed. Some years later, they were beginning to put a development up on the other side of the lake, cutting down acres’ worth of forests. People in my community got together to have the lake and wetlands protected, which they now are.

Since the wetlands are protected, we let everything grow as it wants to. This is what it looks like now:

And this is what I looked like working for the environmental organization:

Environmental Action

Recently, my neighbors and I found out that the lake we live on is now a protected environment. This happened after years of action in my community. There had been some serious development that threatened the habitat of many species there, including eagles, ospreys, and many other organisms. Kudos to my neighborhood!