Problematic people will always exist, but a movement is healthier when we can explicitly name bad behavior without exaggerating or using vague terms to get people on our sides.

Using the most damning words in every instance removes the gradation of harm. It poisons discussion

If you saying “person X did Y” and people won’t cancel them, either they don’t understand Y, they stan X, or they don’t care. Exaggerating doesn’t change any of these.


Vagueness makes it easy for people to jump on and support a critique, but they might not know what specifically they’re standing for or against. You have to name the behavior clearly enough that near no one assumes something that didn’t happen.

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