I enjoy most people.  They really are a wonder.  However, there are certain people that just can’t seem to get things right.  People like John Scalzi.  Now, normally I have nothing against people who do stupid things.  They usually just make me laugh.

But when someone decides to start telling people such blatantly stupid things as this:
http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/
I have to put my mask on, and start getting some reality to people.

“Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.”  No it isn’t.  Life isn’t easy for anyone.  And because of feminism, straight, white males has become the whipping boy.  We get blamed for everything.  Hell, even the black community blamed us for what happened to Trayvon Martin.  Pssst…  It wasn’t the white community.  It wasn’t even a white guy.  Hell, people were even calling racism, and there was way too much evidence to say it wasn’t.  Consider that, while there are some problems for each race, some of that comes from their own way of doing things.  If you dress like a gang banger, people are going to treat you like a gang banger, until you prove otherwise.  Is that part of easy mode?  Being smart enough to NOT act like someone who breaks the law?

“As the game progresses, your goal is to gain points, apportion them wisely, and level up.”  Yes, but the argument can be made that people aren’t spending the points wisely.  Consider it like this:  Some white guy is going through the game using a warrior class.  Strength and Constitution would be the most requisite stats.  With the occasional drop into dexterity and maybe intelligence.  Now, considering those are the most wisely spent way of distributing your points, it’s just plain idiotic to drop points into charisma and looks (Can’t remember the DnD term for that), instead of the ones you should.  Or, here’s another example, dumping all your points into strength, as a frakking wizard.  That’s called not thinking.  Something it seems like you forgot to do, when you wrote this article.

“Likewise, it’s certainly possible someone playing at a higher difficulty setting is progressing more quickly than you are, because they had more points initially given to them by the computer and/or their highest stats are wealth, intelligence and constitution and/or simply because they play the game better than you do. It doesn’t change the fact you are still playing on the lowest difficulty setting.”  No.  Life doesn’t work like that.  There is no frakking manual for life.  If someone is progressing through their life in the way they want, they are doing a great job.  Their skin color/sex has nothing to do with it.  Saying that anyone who is going through life without any type of bonus (affirmative action comes to mind, when I think of real life bonus), should be penalized in any way, is the definition of oppressing someone.  To say they have it easy, after that; well that’s just kicking someone when they are down.

“You can lose playing on the lowest difficulty setting. The lowest difficulty setting is still the easiest setting to win on. The player who plays on the “Gay Minority Female” setting? Hardcore.”  Really?  So Lesbians don’t have tons of programs, protections, etc, helping them out?  They don’t have tons of programs and affirmative action to get them moving upward?  Where is this easy mode for us straight, white males?  Come on, show something that actually proves your assertion.  Or do you just follow the feminist line, blindly, like so many other people?

“You only get to play it once. So why make it more difficult than it has to be? Your goal is towin the game, not make it difficult.”  This is the only thing you have said, that actually gives me hope about your having a modicum of intelligence between your ears.

“Oh, and one other thing. Remember when I said that you could choose your difficulty setting in The Real World? Well, I lied. In fact, the computer chooses the difficulty setting for you. You don’t get a choice; you just get what gets given to you at the start of the game, and then you have to deal with it.”  Apparently I was completely wrong about your being smart.  Firstly, you are blaming someone for being born.  That’s a really stupid thing to do.  Because blaming someone for how they are born makes as much sense as blaming someone for something they had nothing to do with.  Yes, let’s blame people who are born today, for the Revolutionary war!  Makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it?  I mean, it must be the faults of people today, that we aren’t still a colony of Great Britain, right?
Secondly, so you’re gonna punish people, just because they were born a certain way?  Here’s one:  Let’s punish all women, because they are women.  Yes, dude, that’s basically what you are saying.  Only you are cutting it down to a specific ethnicity.  So you are being both racist (against your own kind, no less) and sexist. And finally, you must really hate yourself, to write an article that demonizes your own demographic.  If I didn’t feel so much anger and contempt towards you for not having a set of balls, and pretty much being the feminist whipping boy, I might actually feel some sense of sympathy for you.  However, because you are doing things like this, you are just making the lives of every male that much harder.  And more specifically, straight, white males.

“So that’s “Straight White Male” for you in The Real World (and also, in the real world): The lowest difficulty setting there is. All things being equal, and even when they are not, if the computer — or life — assigns you the “Straight White Male” difficulty setting, then brother, you’ve caught a break.”  No you haven’t.  You have just as many struggles and problems as everyone else.  And in some cases, more, due to morons like you, and feminists lying to everyone about how easy it is for straight, white males.  But as most straight, white males don’t complain about everything that doesn’t go their way, it just seems like we have it easy.  And yes, you can sit there and say you’re lucky to be so privileged.  But you really aren’t.  You have just as much chance of being killed, as any other man.  You have just as much chance to be divorced as any other man.  And you have just as much chance to be screwed over by those same feminists that you are sucking up to, as any other man.

Dude, pull your head out and look around.  The world is tough on everyone.  Saying that being a straight, white male is easy mode is just as truthful as saying being a black woman is easy mode.  Life doesn’t work that way.  No matter what, you have to work at it.  You want to get good at anything, you work at it.  But to sit there and say “Be ashamed of who you are, because you’re {Insert race, sexual orientation, and gender of choice}!”, is pure stupidity.  No one has it easy.  Not a white guy.  Not a black guy.  Not the latina woman down the street.  No one has it easy.  Unless you have good people around you who are willing to help you out, when times are tough.  A good family and friends do a lot to get you through this tough thing we call life.

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