Image Credits: Lilly Pulitzer
You’re feeling inspired and would love to speak your mind about an issue. You open up Twitter, express yourself in 140 characters or less, aaaaaaand tweet! Moments later, you get a notification (or fifty!) Surely everyone has noticed the genius behind your words, right? Wrong. You’ve offended someone. They may or may not have threatened your entire family plus your sister’s husband’s brother’s pet fish because of your opposing idea. They may or may not still have an egg as their twitter avi. They may or may not try to get all 43 of their followers to attack you. But like.. whatever.
You decide to engage in some friendly political banter during class. Everyone is throwing around ideas and stereotypes, and the atmosphere is light. After all, you’re a civil human being, you can joke around with people who have different views than you. And then, suddenly, it happens. Someone says something so off-base that both sides are shocked. Does she really think that? Is she really that out of touch with reality? Bless her soul.
Everyone knows someone who thinks they know everything about everything. This kid will chime in at any opportunity, regardless of whether or not their opinion is welcome, and 9/10 times, they have no idea what they’re saying. In love with T-Swift’s latest single? Don’t be, it’s about oppression. Proud of your relative for enlisting in the Navy? Don’t be, they’re promoting violence. Excited about a church missions trip? Don’t be, all Christians think that they’re perfect. Blah, blah, blah. Sound familiar?
You’ve done it again. *cue applause* Another flawless debate. *take your bow* Of course, the opposition refuses to admit defeat, so they’re on their phone trying to come up with a leg to stand on. We’ll wait.
You hear it all the time. “Why do you care so much about politics?” They are so clearly apathetic that there’s no way to respond without unleashing your inner crazy, so go big or go home, girl. Just let them have it. Here, we’ll start you off.
Some things just never change, and unfortunately, that includes opinions. You can prove your point a million times over but some people are just too stubborn to admit when their logic is flawed. When that’s the case, us conservative gals are left with one option, which leads us to reaction number six.
You’re walking to class and a boy holds the door open for you. After all, it’s cold out, and you were right behind him. Absolutely no harm done, right? Wrong. You open your mouth to thank him, and before any words come out, the women’s study major behind you offers up her own interpretation of what has just occurred. “Did you know that you’re contributing to a patriarchal society in which all women are oppressed? By holding the door open for her, you insinuated that she couldn’t open it herself. For your information.. etc.”