Some thoughts on bubbles

Given the 75% of Edinburgh wanted to stay in the EU and that most of the people I know live in Edinburgh it makes it harder to find people who disagree. And as most of the Leave voters I’ve had the misfortune of meeting have been of the racist variety, why on earth would I maintain contact with them? The “bubble” concept troubles me. In my experience the people who go on about me living in a bubble or echo chamber usually have a hell of a lot more privilege than me. Maintaining contact with someone who hates PoC or immigrants or perceived immigrants is not good for my mental health. The same goes for any other minority group. It’s not like we’re hiding away from those views. We can’t. The right wing media is full of them and online comments are full of those bigoted opinions and our coworkers and random people at bus stops come out with them. We know how the rest of the country thinks. We just need to look after ourselves. So before you chastice us for choosing to live in bubbles remember this, many of us do it in order to stay alive. It’s not that we’re not open to opposing viewpoints but when those viewpoints say that we should be afforded the same rights as everyone else or shouldn’t even be allowed to live in this country or live at all then they and the people who espouse them can FUCK RIGHT OFF!

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One thought on “Some thoughts on bubbles

  1. I live in a bubble and I know it. And the good thing about living in my bubble is that when I came out as gender queer, the people in my bubble went, “cool, what should we call you?”

    Outside the bubble I need to deal with people misgendering me, asking me questions and making statements that are often well-meaning but are also sometimes sexist and borderline transphobic, and it makes you realise there is a MASSIVE grey wobbly border between being uninformed and hate speech. One that it gets tiring dealing with day in and day out.

    Which makes you appreciate the bubble. The bubble is a safe place and the bubble is where you can go hide when everything outside the bubble is just too much and being borderline those times are more frequent than for most.

    I know it’s not the same experience by a long shot. But anyone who tells you the bubble is bad can really just go fuck themselves because your mental health and your personal safety and what helps you is something you know better than anyone.

    Much love ❤

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