And that’s when I unfollowed the white man who reblogged this.
Sure, we could all be kinder, and I don’t like sexism against men either - I think it just serves to reinforce gender stereotypes - but where systematic and wide-spread oppression exists ‘Girls are stupid’ exists in a wider context where it is genuinely thought by many people including those with the most power that women are not as clever as men, are not as capable as men, as not worthwhile as men. And this is reflected in the wages we are paid for doing the same work, in the promotions we are not offered, in the roles we are not given, in the type of books we are told we are capable of writing, in the fandoms we are discouraged from taking part in, in the public spaces in which we cannot feel safe, in the more wide-spread domestic violence we receive, in the way we are blamed for the violence that is perpetrated against us.
And the same goes for racism, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, ableism, and the rest.
When you ask us to rename your crimes against us and treat them as something that you suffer equally in you are asking us to forget that we suffer so much more greatly than you, systematically, and overwhelmingly at the hands of those with greater privilege than ourselves: you.
No, it is not the same when a woman says ‘Boys are stupid’ as when a man says ‘Girls are stupid’. Neither are good, but they are NOT the same and it is NOT OK to ask us to pretend that they are.
If you genuinely believe the above comic then you are sexist and you are racist. And if being labelled with that term bothers you, perhaps you should do something about it. Trying to silence those who use that term against you (which is what this comic aims to do) will not make those terms apply to you any less. If you don’t want to be considered sexist or racist, you need to start by admitting that inequalities exist, and whether you want to or not, you benefit from some of them.
Posting comics like this is NOT how you change the world and make it a better place. Posting comics like this IS harmful and UNKIND in and of itself. The fact that you don’t find it so merely illustrates your privilege in not generally suffering as much as those whose complaints you wish to treat as if they were the same as your own.