Is that the young 'uns block you the minute you are "hostile" and "not supportive". Actually, it's not really so sad. For me, at least.
Background: Dr. Isis posted something challenging someone who said they were going to quit because academics is so horrible and hostile, particularly to people with disabilities. The person wanted to change it from "the outside". And got all huffy when people suggested "outside" wasn't the best place from which to affect change.
The sad thing is that two of the participants immediately, after 2-3 tweets, blocked me (and Isis, I assume). I was asked if I was disabled, and when I didn't answer, I was blocked. And that is sad, because I have been, from inside and outside, a supporter of differently-abled people. I do research that touches on able-ism and physical disabilities. They'll never know. They've lost the opportunity to learn something.
It's very easy to see offense at every corner. Lurking behind every tree. This doesn't mean microagressions aren't real. I've seen this: for me, and the bits of intersectionality that I carry with me. I saw this, back before any of you were thinking "science". And I see it now, as an old lady. You want prejudice: being an old lady of any color, race cis/trans, abledness. Old ladies are ugly. Unless they try to look young, in which case they are pathetic. [and no, I'm not saying its the same as being.... or as bad as being... Please].
What bothers me most is the demand to be listened to, without the return courtesy of listening back.
UPDATE: from Bill Hooker @sennoma