Politisplaining, Alt-Rightsplaining & Mediasplaining

Because mensplaining and womensplaining are old hat — sexism, like racism and other type of bigotry, is apparently mainstream again — I figured I’d introduce the new concepts that I think are (unfortunately!) going to be all the rage in 2017: politisplaining, alt-rightsplaining and mediasplaining.

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Legitimacy

In my paperwork I hold a copy of my birth certificate. Not the original documentation submitted to the vaults of bureaucracy right after my birth, because those vaults, they’re exactly where that documentation is meant to be kept forever. That’s how things work (and not just for me but probably for most of us).

The birth certificate I hold in my administration is merely a counterpart, confirming the information kept on public records maintained on people’s births, deaths, marriages, divorces and the like. The copy I hold has the added extra that it’s a multilingual version I had issued to me before I emigrated out of the country of my birth. I’ve used it, in combination with successive passports and ID cards to prove who I am whenever I enrolled in a course, accepted a job, applied for a bank account and so on.

I know who I am and where I am from; the birth certificate, tax status declarations and confirmations, passports, ID cards and other personal documentation is just there to confirm to others that I am who I claim to be. My documentation’s never let me down in that respect. (Though I do take issue with the way the authorities in my country of birth handle my identity, but that’s something to discuss on another occasion.)

Though people might not like who I am, it’s not like I could escape me, even if I wanted to.

If suddenly people were to come out with wild claims that I am not the person I claim to be and that all of the documentation confirming who I am is false, I’d probably be pretty upset, to say the least. Bemused as well, because if their claims were true, surely I would have been found out at some point in my life, on any of the countless occasions that I used my documents. I’d find the whole thing rather surreal, not to mention rather defamatory. I might even consider taking out legal action against those seeking to defame me and damage my reputation, but only if I had nothing more important to spend my time on (which I probably do).

Have you ever imagined how you’d feel if this sort of thing were to happen to you?

Surely, if you have, then like me, you’d want the crazy witch hunt that is the ‘birther’ movement that’s been active for the past few years to stop right now. Seriously, there are more important issues to worry about than this non-issue based on nothing other than ignorance, intolerance and (for some) plain hatred. There are more important causes for people’s tax money to be spent on than this non-cause that has no justification or foundation.

We are all human beings, and from time to time each of us may be confronted by bits of truth that we wish weren’t true. Things that we’d rather not believe or accept. We can try to deny the truthfulness of certain facts, ignore any proof and even deny their entire existence. If we then keep repeating our denial to ourselves, we may actually start believing in that denial. And if we shout about it at the top of our voice to others, then we may get some of those others to believe with us. Nevertheless, none of that changes the truth at the core of our denial and discomfort. Which makes all our efforts against them pretty useless to begin with, and a waste of time to persist.

So let’s move on, now, shall we? ‘Cause let’s be honest: there are far more important things to worry about in life. 

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