About two years ago, I was one of those obnoxious anti SJWs you'd find on the internet complaining about "feminists" and "political correctness." I stumbled across your site to read your gamergate page, so I could cringe about it.
A month later, I decided to read a few more of your pages and I realized that you weren't the cesspit some of the people on the internet some of the reactionary ilk I was surrounded by said you were. Surprisingly for me at the time, I actually started to agree some of your points and question some of my previously held thoughts and ideals.
Over time, I started to really like your page, finding your articles funny and well sourced. And I appreciated how you tore apart wingnuts and extremists, as wikipedia usually stays neutral, even for the most abhorrent of people (your page ripping into Richard "totally not a nazi" Spencer is one of my favorite of your pages.
As of a few months ago, I've started really liking your site. While I do occasionally disagree with some of the things you say (as opinions on this site can differentiate between users on different pages), I appreciate how you try to bring attention to modern political issues and break down creationists/fundamentalist and MRA/anti-SJW rhetoric.
For this, I'd like to say thank you for helping me to break out of that destructive ideology and I hope this story could help fellow former anti-SJWs understand that just because someone is politically left leaning, they aren't some evil fucking communist hell bent on destroying the western world (as some cranks believe.)
If anyone has any questions about my post, please let me know.
Jacob, Autistic duck enthusiast.
Ps: goat bless you all.
- Wonderful. I'm pleased you really gave us a chance. You should be happy you can examine your beliefs and try to change them if you think something seems wrong or off. I figure it's a normal reaction to first act defensive if your beliefs are challenged. I go through this too, see. It's really hard, don't feel bad for having that resistance. What would you say to your circle, if you need to give them advice to help them reexamine their beliefs? But also keep in mind, you also shouldn't take RationalWiki as a unquestionable arbitrer of truth. I mean, your circle says that, but we say it too. But we always try to follow what evidence says, and we'll change our stance to fit appropriate evidence as needed. --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 21:49, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
Well, when talking to those people in the circle I used to be part of, I'd ask them if they could have a conversation to somebody about their ideas off the internet, that were similar to what they were posting online. A lot of these reactionaries use their beliefs to vent out on people they think are holding them back and try to find a like-minded community to reinforce their prejudices. For example, with an anti-feminist who watches Paul Joseph Watson or Sargon, I'd ask them if they'd feel comfortable expressing the anti-feminist beliefs they spout to a woman face to face.
One of my beliefs is that just because you fell into this rabbit hole, it doesn't make you a bad person. A lot of former anti-SJWs feel ashamed for how they used to be, as I was for a while. We have to understand that the anti-SJW and reactionary community is incredibly manipulative and good at confirming prejudices and it is very easy to fall into that trap. It is also a sign of strength to be able to reflect on yourself and make a change.
I agree with you that rationalwiki isn't always accurate. I appreciate that you mention that it is good to question some of the pages if we disagree with them, as that is part and parcel with being a skeptic. I appreciate this community for it's humor and self-awareness, something that many lack.
Thank you for your prompt response.
Jacob, Autistic duck enthusiast
- And thank you, Aspieduck. No one agrees with everything that's written here. That's why we argue so much. Feel free to contribute if you like. Also drop a note on RationalWiki:How I found RationalWiki if you like. Bongolian (talk) 22:57, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
Because of your edits to and the wiki,
wizard Sysop has been added to your user rights. Feel free to let your newfound ᴘᴏᴡᴇʀ course through your veins. Once the high wears off, see RationalWiki:Sysop guide for more information. If you have questions, bleat ask away. — Dr. Ox quack specialist 10:36, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
Suggestion for category
Hi. One category I think would be interesting would be "rightists who turned left with age", as an opposite to the already pre-existing category "leftists who turned right with age." This would be interesting because there are a large amount of former conservatives (including myself) who have gradually shifted to more liberal ideas over time, usually after being disillusioned with certain aspects of conservatism. You'd be surprised at the amount of leftist youtube pundits who started off as people dangerously close to believing in wingnut ideals. It's also an interesting thing to note as it is stereotypical for people to do a 180 in their political beliefs when they reach a certain age.
Jacob, autistic duck enthusiast
I accidentally removed my sysops rank