Here are some of the most badass internet moments where problematic social issues like sexism and homophobia were called out for what they are.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community have had to put up with a lot over the years. From being viciously hunted down, attacked, and ostracized to being blamed for pretty much everything under the sun, gay folks continue to be targeted by homophobic heterosexuals even today. Obviously, being on the receiving end of verbal and physical abuse for decades is exhausting and terrifying, so some Reddit users came up with a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to vent about some actually problematic social issues like sexism and homophobia.
The "Are the Straights OK?" subreddit, which has 329k members, features some of the most badass internet moments where toxic heteronormative views and practices were called out for what they are.
Here are 25 of the most-upvoted posts from the forum:
“Gay tv is bad for kids” listen 99% of straight comedy shows stars a lazy sexist husband that drinks beer and hates his wife so sorry if I’d rather have my kid watch queer eye, a show where men are respectful and kind. Y’all are so scared of your kids “turning gay” it’s insane— kait 🌈 (@sadkxit) May 11, 2019
I'm disgusted every time someone does a gender reveal and it's a gender I already know about, what kind of reveal is that— mothman festival queen (@amyis_trying) September 9, 2020
Sorry that your dad never really loved you, John. Even more sorry that you had to find out from Twitter.— Dr. Ward Q. Normal (@WardQNormal) October 22, 2020
Using my brain to get a Ph.D. and then educate loads of women about how they’re more than just hosts for babies and servants for men.— Ann-ti-VanillaISIS (@AnnStrahm) August 8, 2019
I dated a girl in college whose mom tried to talk her out of being gay by telling her she'd have to go through life w/out someone to open jars for her. At the time it was upsetting but in hindsight I kind of love that jar opening was the only use for men she could think of.— gabrielle korn (@Gabrielle_Korn) April 9, 2018
August 4, 2020
hands down funniest comment I’ve ever seen holy shit pic.twitter.com/OQe8rKXzDi— kurtis conner (@kurtisconner) September 13, 2020
masculinity is so fragile they have to call an eye concealer War Paint 😭🤡 pic.twitter.com/Q42nHw6lcl— jonathan ivan (@jonathanivan) January 4, 2021