Wow- um. Mostly, it’s because I want to share and talk about art and fandoms and stuff, and while I find my politics and social values very important to me, within this sphere I don’t want to alienate anyone.
In case you are curious, I am Socially Liberal, and I consider the the prioritization of social liberties one of my chief values. I am a feminist, a strong believer in personal Choice in almost all of its incarnations, and I am very concerned with immigrant rights.
I also have some people very (extremely) close to me who are gender queer, gay, and trans. For this reason, I almost never speak out on these issues except for the purposes of advocating equal rights. I honestly believe that their experiences are too deeply personal for me to understand in a “true” way, and I never want to be seen as speaking for any group, much less one that is so powerfully capable of speaking for themselves. I do, of course, advocate equal rights, visibility, and representation, and in a constant effort to educate myself on the experiences of others, I read and follow a lot of social equality and personal blogs. I recommend Sociological Images, Racialicious, Bitch Media, and Think Progress. I follow about 400 personal blogs on tumblr, and could spend the next week providing links, but I think I’ve stretched my wings on this issue enough for today.