Lara Witt, a contributor at Everyday Feminism, wrote an article about 10 questions every intersectional feminist should ask on a first date. For fun, I provided my own responses.
1. Do you believe that Black Lives Matter?
I think nearly everyone agrees that black lives matter, and if they don’t, that is a poor reflection on their character. However, I am against Black Lives Matter, the social movement. The movement gained momentum following the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri based on the lie of “hands up, don’t shoot.” Since then, leaders and supporters of the movement have accused police officers of cold-blooded murder, many times fallaciously, before any forensic evidence has been examined (e.g., the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore). In addition, Black Lives Matter advocates for less proactive policing in violent neighborhoods, many of which are majority black. In cities where police officers have backed off of proactive policing, the murder rate has skyrocketted, disproportionately killing more black Americans. In 2014, Baltimore had a murder rate of 33.8 per 100,000 residents. By 2017, the homicide rate soared to 57.8 per 100,000 residents. The national average is about 5 per 100,000 residents. Therefore, while I believe that black lives do matter, I am a strong critic of the Black Lives Matter movement.
2. What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation?
Being that I am gay, I obviously do not believe sexuality is a choice. Ideally, government should get out of the marriage business altogether and allow private institutions to define it. While I acknowledge that there is a difference between sex and gender, I believe there are only two genders. Gender is simply the social identification of biological sex, and since there are only two sexes, there are likewise only two genders.
3. How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life?
By treating everybody the same.
4. What are your thoughts on sex work?
While I am morally opposed to sex work, I also value limited government. Therefore, I believe sex work should be legalized and regulated like every other industry.
5. Are you a supporter of the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) movement?
Note: According to Everyday Feminism, the BDS movement is “an effort to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.”
Actually no, I support Israel’s right to exist and believe the United States made the right decision to recognize Israel’s capital as Jerusalem.
6. What is your understanding of settler colonialism and indigenous rights?
The United States was colonized by the British and won independence following the Revolutionary War. While I agree that it was immoral for early Americans to push Native Americans out of their own land, it is important to recognize that Native Americans had land disputes and wars among each other prior to European colonization. Today, I respect the decision of Native American tribes who choose to live independently on reservations.
7. Do you think capitalism is exploitative?
I think capitalism is an opportunity for everyone, ranging from Bill Gates to the homeless man on the streets. In just the past century, capitalism has lifted millions of people out of poverty and is a fundamental component of western civilization. Many people who critique capitalism have the misconception that wealth is a fixed-shape pie. In reality, wealth is an ever-growing pie and government regulation often suppresses it. In fact, I am proud to have grown up in household that made a living in the private sector.
8. Can any human be illegal?
Being a human is obviously not illegal, but people can enter and reside in a country illegally. A nation’s resources are not infinite, and violent criminals and people who do not hold western values should not be allowed to migrate to the United States. To put it in perspective, what do you think would happen if 1 billion impoverished Africans moved to America in a single year? Like nearly 80% of Americans, I favor merit-based immigration over the current family-based system. The United States should favor immigrants that make the country stronger and are proficient in English.
9. Do you support Muslim Americans and non-Muslim people from Islamic countries?
I support moderate Muslims, as everyone should, but I believe the human rights atrocities that occur in many Islamic societies should not be ignored. Homosexual conduct is still illegal in over 70 countries and punishable by death in over 10 countries, many of which are enforced by Sharia Law.
10. Does your allyship include disabled folks?
Umm… I guess. I believe disabled people should be treated like everyone else. It’s a bit of a stupid question.
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