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As much as I hate deliberate, cold-blooded irrationality, I am really creeped out when someone is all “No you must logic logic logic no feelings plz ever or I won’t listen to you.” Emotions are real and we have them for real reasons. There is a huge difference between “I think blue cheese should be outlawed because I don’t like it” and “I am really uncomfortable when I see $painting, and I’m not sure why, but it feels a lot like how $oppressive construct makes me feel.” Discussing emotions does not automatically make what a person says invalid.
So-called “logic” in that context is often little more than word games, often a clever way of shielding self-indulgent irrationality and a desire to win, rather than curiosity about others’ perspectives and a desire to get at some kind of truth. If you can’t play their word-game as well as they can, not only are you too “stupid” to be worth listening to, but if you get upset because you have to keep arguing the validity of your basic, human lived experience, then you’re too “irrational” to listen to as well. That resembles intelligence and reason a lot less than it does knee-jerk silencing and oppressive behavior.
It’s interesting to observe that logic and other rhetorical skills are not necessarily tied to reason, intelligence, or curiosity, but are very much tied to education and privilege. It is a privilege to have been treated in a such a way that you can stay calm when someone tells you that your most basic lived experiences are a lie. It is a privilege to have access to an education that teaches you how to use words as weapons. It is a privilege even to have lived through hell, but then work to improve your life and see that work bear fruit. Having lived through hell does not give you carte blanche to sneer at people who have also lived through hell, but not made it out as icy calm as you.
This is why it disturbs, even terrifies me—yes, icky gross fee-fees, alas, but it’s important for us all to acknowledge that we have emotions, and to be able to bear them in mind when we form opinions and interact with others—to hear people shut down others by saying “Logic or GTFO,” especially when the discussion in question is about the vast and complex culture of oppression. What “Logic or GTFO” means is “Shut up, you’re making me uncomfortable and I can’t cope with that, so I’m going to word at you and then laugh when you can’t fight back.”