My previous post about the sexuality and gender oriented graffiti that appeared in Fitzroy around Young and St David streets recently drew immediate criticism from a local (perhaps a resident of the Max apartment building on that corner, which was damaged by it). The graffiti was entirely amateurish in technique and blatantly naive in motive. Despite its pointlessness, however, I’d like to share another example to make a point of my own.
The neatly painted white house, on the corner of St David St and George St, has had its side wall tagged with the phrase ‘google trans issues’, presumably by someone whose agenda is to promote awareness of and respect for transsexual people.
That is a reasonable objective, but this is not the way to do it. Needlessly causing a problem for someone else is mean, selfish and stupid, and demonstrates a fundamental lack of respect. Asking for respect while demonstrating disrespect is indicative of a feeble and pathetic mind. They’re hardly likely to be googling criminal damage.
Furthermore, while respectful and accepting behaviour should be considered the norm, it is unreasonable to expect understanding from others. Most people are ignorant about most things. While ignorance often motivates discrimination, ignorance itself is not a crime and understanding cannot be taken for granted or required of others.
Whatever your issue is, demanding that strangers research your issue for your benefit can be read as indicative of a ridiculous sense of entitlement. Get over yourself. Write something about it on Facebook, not someone’s wall.