I always know when I’ve written something controversial when I receive a number of email un-subscriptions for my blog. I haven’t received one in many months, but this morning, in very short order I received five. As site visitor Lauren made clear in her comment to my last post, many people will cut you off if you have an opinion that differs from their own. It’s a minor instance of the current atmosphere in our country where people increasingly affiliate only with other people who share their views.
From my perspective, controversy is good when it promotes discussion. As many of the other comments to that post make clear, however, people largely don’t discuss but resort to ad hominem attacks instead. Or they leave. As a result, we end up in our respective echo chambers, listening to people who think exactly as we do, unwilling even to listen to the “other side.”
I’ve been doing more research and there seems to be a kind of war going on out there, where people who question the trans premise are routinely attacked and vilified. I guess I’m just getting a small taste of what established “authorities” on the subject experience.