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Help is there waiting for you, whats.
September 27, 2019 06:26PM
Re: Help is there waiting for you, whats.
September 27, 2019 06:54PM
Why is Greta Thunberg so triggering for certain men?

How can a 16-year-old girl in plaits, dedicated to trying to save the planet, inspire such incandescent rage?

Why is Greta Thunberg so triggering? How can a 16-year-old girl in plaits, who has dedicated herself to the not-exactly sinister, authoritarian plot of trying to save the planet from extinction, inspire such incandescent rage?

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Part of the reason she inspires such rage, of course, is blindingly obvious. Climate change is terrifying. The Amazon is burning. So too is the Savannah. Parts of the Arctic are on fire. Sea levels are rising. There are more vicious storms and wildfires and droughts and floods. Denial is easier than confronting the terrifying truth.

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The reason they taunt her with childish insults is because that’s all they’ve got. They’re out of ideas. They can’t dismantle her arguments, because she has science – and David Attenborough – on her side. They can’t win the debate with the persuasive force of their arguments, because these bargain bin cranks trade in jaded cynicism, not youthful passion. They can harangue her with snide tweets and hot take blogposts, but they won’t get a reaction because, frankly, she has bigger worries on her mind.

That’s not to say that we should accept everything Thunberg says without question. She is an idealist who is young enough to see the world in black and white. We need voices like hers. We should listen to what she has to say, without tuning the more moderate voices of dissent out.

Why is Greta Thunberg so triggering? Because of what she represents. In an age when democracy is under assault, she hints at the emergence of a new kind of power, a convergence of youth, popular protest and irrefutable science. And for her loudest detractors, she also represents something else: the sight of their impending obsolescence hurtling towards them.

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Re: Help is there waiting for you, whats.
September 27, 2019 06:58PM
The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, Watz.

Make the call. You'll be glad you did.

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Re: Help is there waiting for you, whats.
September 27, 2019 07:02PM
She triggers assholes.
Re: Help is there waiting for you, whats.
September 27, 2019 07:06PM
'She doesn't flirt or giggle or pout.' What's behind men's discomfort with Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg makes men – especially middle-aged white men – very angry.

“Grating Greta’s a vulnerable young drama queen who should go back to school,” Piers Morgan declared in the Daily Mail.

US president Donald Trump mocked the young climate activist on Twitter.

“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” he wrote. “So nice to see!”

Former Australian TV personality Sam Newman also took to Twitter to attack Thunberg, calling her an “annoying little brat” and a “s—t”. Meanwhile, Karl Stefanovic on 2GB admitted Greta made him angry. “I’ll tell you what, I’m an incensed middle-aged white guy this afternoon,” he told his audience.

In the US, right-wingers have really let loose. John Nolte from Breitbart.com wrote: “I can’t tell if Greta needs a spanking or a psychological intervention… Probably both.”

“Tase and arrest her,” tweeted Stephen Miller.

Leaving aside the fact that she’s only 16, is this really the way to talk about the leader of a global movement? Why is everyone attacking her instead of attacking what she’s saying? Where does all this anger come from?

Out there on Twitter, there are women who are nailing it.

“I think Greta Thunberg is the first 16yo girl in a long time who has been presented to the public outside of a sexual lens and a lot of men can’t handle it,” wrote journalist Sophie Wilkinson.

Then there was this from another journalist and author, India Knight: “I think some people’s (men’s) unease with Greta Thunberg is that she rarely smiles. Girls and women are supposed to be smiley to put men at ease and appear emollient, and she’s just not playing.”

Thunberg isn’t acting like your typical 16-year-old girl in the media spotlight. She’s not a young actress on a red carpet or singer in a video clip. Generally, those girls at the start of their careers aren’t out to challenge the power of middle-aged white men. They’re trying to appeal to them and win their approval. They play the game and they smile.

Thunberg is different. She doesn’t dress to attract men. She doesn’t charm or flirt or giggle or pout. She has a death stare. She is angry. She is here to say something, whether people want to hear it or not.

She’s challenging the power of middle-aged white men, and it upsets and threatens them. They’re used to giving their opinions and being listened to and being respected. They don’t quite understand where she’s appeared from and why she’s talking like she’s an equal, and they don’t like it.

But Thunberg is anyone’s equal. She has millions of supporters around the world who went on strike because she led the way. She is, no doubt, more informed on climate science than most commentators and politicians. She just happens to be a 16-year-old girl.

It’s happened before. When Emma Gonzalez became a gun control activist after a shooting at her school in Florida, right-wingers launched vicious personal attacks on the teen. Politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in her late twenties, and attracts the same kind of vitriol from Trump and other conservatives. What right does a young woman have to express a strong opinion?

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Re: Help is there waiting for you, whats.
September 27, 2019 07:22PM
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Re: Help is there waiting for you, whats.
September 27, 2019 07:38PM
Actually, you have posted more than anyone.

#walkaway

Re: Help is there waiting for you, whats.
September 27, 2019 08:31PM
what;@#$%& ?
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