The “Open-Minded” Can Be So “Close-Minded” ……. November 17, 2014

shun (shn)

tr.v. shunned, shun·ning, shuns

To avoid deliberately; keep away from.

eschew (ɪsˈtʃuː)


1. (tr) to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc); shun; avoid

os·tra·cize (str-sz)

tr.v. os·tra·cized, os·tra·ciz·ing, os·tra·ciz·es

1. To exclude from a group. See Synonyms at blackball.

2. To banish by ostracism, as in ancient Greece

black·ball (blkbôl)


1. A negative vote, especially one that blocks the admission of an applicant to an organization.

2. A small black ball used as a negative ballot.

tr.v. black·balled, black·ball·ing, black·balls

1. To vote against, especially to veto the admission of.

2. To shut out from social or commercial participation; ostracize or boycott.

snub (snb)

tr.v. snubbed, snub·bing, snubs

1. To ignore or behave coldly toward; slight.

2. To dismiss, turn down, or frustrate the expectations of.

brush off

vb (tr, adverb)

1. to dismiss and ignore (a person), esp curtly


2. an abrupt dismissal or rejection

cold-shoulder – pay no attention to, disrespect; “She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance”

     As many know, I have asserted that Men’s Rights should be as important as Women’s Rights. However, as a result of my doing so, that is, asserting that men should have rights, I have suffered all of the above. For asserting that feminism is sexism I have been insulted, shamed, and shunned by many. For standing up for equal rights (Equal stature, different function) rather than women’s rights I have been lambasted and snubbed. For inferring that men and women are different and cannot be expected to be the same I have been black-balled and ostracized. For standing up boldly for human rights rather than specific group rights I have been brushed off and eschewed.

     It has always been in my nature in the past to desire to be liked by all. As a result of finding that even the “open-minded” can have closed minds on some things, just like the so called “close-minded”, I now feel isolated, separate. Yes, I have some things upon which I now refuse to discuss, having made up my mind from the available information.. but I would be quite willing to change my views upon the presentation of “new” information, but not upon the simple repetition of previously debunked information. There are some topics that seem to be talked out, at least for me. On those topics, like feminism, religion, all I hear are the same arguments, the same lies, repeated over and over again and again.

     I accept completely now that there are many humans that I am totally incompatible with. Among them are many who claim to be “open-minded”, claim to be guided by reason and logic, but truly instead, are subjective, self-serving, only. This hurts me deeply to find such subterfuge.

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