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There is no true free speech for anyone who's gender critical anymore. The above statement, which I'm sure we've all read countless times by now, assures that anyone writing critically against the gender cult could be targeted for harassment (online and offline), and might end up cancelled and out of a job. All this for speaking their mind, for having the 'wrong thought'.

How did this mantra gain such traction? How can there even be such a thing as a 'wrong thought'? If your speech has consequences, then it's clearly not free. TRAs even use the word 'deplatform' to describe what they're doing against adverseries. They use the excuse that when someone is 'a bigot' they can do whatever is needed to silence this person. However, in these cases, the word 'bigot' is never clearly defined. It's just anyone who disagrees with or criticises them. Therefore JK Rowling is called a bigot for writing clearly and compassionately, without any bigoted ideas whatsoever.

Freedom of speech should be free, meaning that every word, every thought should be permissable. An idea should be met with well thought out criticism, but not dogpiling or harassment. And a thought should be met with another thought, and not mantras.

Maybe TRAs don't like freedom of thought, because they have so few thoughts themselves.

There is no true free speech for anyone who's gender critical anymore. The above statement, which I'm sure we've all read countless times by now, assures that anyone writing critically against the gender cult could be targeted for harassment (online and offline), and might end up cancelled and out of a job. All this for speaking their mind, for having the 'wrong thought'. How did this mantra gain such traction? How can there even be such a thing as a 'wrong thought'? If your speech has consequences, then it's clearly not free. TRAs even use the word 'deplatform' to describe what they're doing against adverseries. They use the excuse that when someone is 'a bigot' they can do whatever is needed to silence this person. However, in these cases, the word 'bigot' is never clearly defined. It's just anyone who disagrees with or criticises them. Therefore JK Rowling is called a bigot for writing clearly and compassionately, without any bigoted ideas whatsoever. Freedom of speech should be free, meaning that every word, every thought should be permissable. An idea should be met with well thought out criticism, but not dogpiling or harassment. And a thought should be met with another thought, and not mantras. Maybe TRAs don't like freedom of thought, because they have so few thoughts themselves.

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It's the disproportionality. "Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences" needs to be PROPORTIONAL. I write an editorial that is pro-GC? Consequence should be someone writes a response editorial that is anti-GC and some readers dislike me. NOT death threats, harrassment, attempts to have me fired, etc.

A group of radfems march with "transwomen are men" signs? By all means, countermarch with "transwomen are women" signs or "radfems are bigots" or whatever. But again, death threats, harrassment, attempts to have me fired, etc., are well past disproportional.

There seems to be a subset that reads "consequences" as "punishment", which is definitely a definition it gets in colloquial speech, particularly around parenting "if you do X instead of what I want, there will be consequences" where the parent is definitely threatening punishment. But these kids have grown up without nuance to that word, and don't understand it just means "stuff that happens after the action" That's the consequence. They are neutral. The consequences of washing my hair is that my hair is clean, but also wet. The consequences of sleeping late might be that you are better rested, but might also be that you are late for work.

[–] Jem 4 points

Recently a young wokie brought up the freedom from consequences thing to me so I'm glad to see this thread. I knew it didn't really hold up but couldn't think of why in the moment. Good points! I'll keep them in mind.