Note: I am not encouraging attacking, boycotting, or harassing anyone I talk about in this post. I know what this can do to one's mental health, and I do not wish it on anyone. If you have been the target of an online attack and are suffering mentally, please know you are not alone, and seek professional help if you are considering physically harming yourself. Feel free to contact me if you just need someone to talk to.
I recently received an email from someone asking if there was anything that could be done to help those who have been the target of an online attack. This was specific to the knitting community, but I think it could apply to anyone in any community. Here was my reply:
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been knitting for 35 years and never once have I felt the need to mix politics with my craft. To me, politics are a fleeting thing. I’d rather spend my time on longer lasting things. During my years as a knitter, I have earned a Bachelor’s Degree as well as a Master’s in Political Science. I have learned to speak Russian, traveled to Ukraine several times, and spent 6 years living and teaching in Japan. I can spot extremist talking points a mile off. I have many close friends who are gay. Not one of them participates in pride parades. Most people just want to live normal, drama free lives. It’s the people on the fringe who get all the press. Everything has to be a movement. They’ve been brainwashed into thinking that any alternative thought is “hate” and must be squashed. It can’t just be a civil conversation. It’s as if we are living in an Orwellian novel. I can’t stand what social media is doing to us.
July 22, 2019
I was following you on Instagram, and when you stopped posting I didn’t know the reason. I knew that Ravelry has gone into the politics, but till last weeks I didn’t realize how far. I left it yesterdey, it was my only means of promoting my designs. But I wasn’t thinking about it, I just felt exactly like you did. I just couldn’t stay there, silent and obedient. We have the same situation in my country, and the mentality of these people is the same. They can be actors, artists, reporters, writers, knitters… It doesn’t give them the right of this superiority. Manipulating and bulling people to gain their political and economic goals. And I’agree with you definition of real liberal. Here it has nothing to do with the left.
July 19, 2019
Lisa Pucciarello says...
YES!!! I am so proud of you! We need to all stand to together for what is right.
July 08, 2019
Denise Winant says...
Amen! I don’t know what else to say. This gets to the heart of it
Heidi Smith says...
Very well said. I’m sorry you had to go through that experience. People can be so two faced.