Friday, September 5, 2014

Knights in Shining Armor


Facebook is so insidious -- it's easy to get caught up in other people's drama. I've gotten better about refraining from jumping into an argument with people whose opinions I know I have no chance of swaying. But I still find myself sometimes following those arguments and grinding my teeth. 

Hence this post.


Two guys I know very slightly  -- both FB friends -- were tangling over a political question.  A woman weighed in on the side of the fella whose original post had inspired the wrangle and the other fella took her to task for her opinions. No  names were called but he dared to question the basis for her beliefs.

At which point, the original poster told the second fella he needed to apologize to the lady and soon after, the original poster's lady friend chimed in, telling the woman who had  been offended that she was glad her boyfriend could defend this other woman against the nasty man who had dared to call her out. (I'm paraphrasing but that was the gist of it.)

And I thought, being the curmudgeon that I am, I'd be thrilled to have a Big Strong Man protect me against physical danger. Hell, if he wants to open a door for me, I won't be offended -- though if I got there first, I'd just as likely open it for him.

But, when it comes to a battle of words and or wits, I would be incredibly offended if someone tried to 'protect' me just because I'm a woman (and an old woman at that.) Back off, buddy, I can handle this. 

I guess that makes me one of those FemiNazis that gets Rush Limbaugh's panties in a wad . . .

Good.


(Images from N/C/Wyeth's illustrations for A Boy's King Arthur)

13 comments:

Ms. A said...

I swore I would never do the Facebook thing, but just did recently so I could follow some fluoroquinolone sites. Boy howdy... I think I may lose what's left of my mind!

Brian Miller said...

rush is cringing as he wakes up today...ha...smiles

June said...

I can't even allow myself on the periphery of discussions like that. I get too angry.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Queen Boudicca rides again!

NCmountainwoman said...

I'm still a holdout, refusing to join FB or Twitter. I've also learned it is useless to argue with people who have closed minds. And it still amazes me how many of them there are around.

Darla said...

LOL Go, Vicki! ;-)

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

I'm for anything that "gets Rush Limbaugh's panties in a wad" ;->

Vicki Lane said...

As i told a friend, I look on Facebook as an interesting study of human nature -- research for a novelist . . .

Vicki Lane said...
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Mary McKinley said...

Bravo, Ms. Lane! I actually like FB for the 'friendships' it enables with like-minded people around the world I would otherwise never meet and to maintain contact with those I rarely see. I discovered you and your delightful/insightful books and blog because I befriended Mario Rups at the Smithsonian and now have no idea how that came about or through whom.

I do try to avoid the politically-charged battles, though, just too wearying and pointless.

Thérèse said...

Go, go, go Vicky!
I am feeling you are a wise and strong lady!

Jim Egerton said...

Go vicki, I try to post the most liberal stuff on FB just to wad all the far right panties I can.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks to all of you for your encouragement!

Nice to meet you, Mary!