Hi Susan… Christy isn’t Christy, and why your letter inspired me to look her up...
When I saw your letter To Christy on Facebook, who doesn’t need the Women’s March I read it twice. Then I passed the link around by email to a few friends that aren’t on Medium.
See, when my Grandmother came to Canada, women couldn’t vote yet. Then my Grandpa died, leaving her with 8 kids to raise in a world where men wouldn’t buy her grain because she had the wrong genitals. So she made moonshine instead, and did jail time for it.
I grew up around strong women talking about tough issues and gender inequality. So I devoured your post.
Then I went digging. Frankly, I wondered if she was dumb or so privileged that she thinks all women live the way she does.
Because, she can “work if she wants to.”
WANT has never been an option in my single mother world.
And she “controls her own body” — so obviously she’s not among the 1 in 5 American women who have been raped. (1 in 4 here in Canada)
You covered the chunk by chunk, so I don’t need to.
But, here’s the part that really ticked me off…
She says if we really want to impress her regarding women’s issues, we should talk about the tragedies in other countries. Like genital mutilation and infanticide, rapes and HIV.
There’s a name for what she’s done there.
It’s called the Fallacy of Relative Privation
More commonly known as shut up, someone else has worse problems.
And it’s wrong and misguided.
And as for “Christy?” — she’s not Christy…
Her name is Brandi.
Her post was originally posted to her own private, locked down FB. But her friends liked it so much that she shared it on an Alt-Right Facebook group that she follows. I won’t link to it because I won’t send that dude any traffic.
One of the other little gems on his FB is a hey, who wants to take down Twitter and Ev Williams. Let’s make him the next Gawker. Ugly stuff.
Here’s the whole letter if anyone wants to read it…