crfriend wrote:And, after all those laws are passed and only you remain "unprotected" who is going to help when "they" come for you?
But that's the thing Carl, nobody (to my knowledge) is pushing for a higher class for anyone. They simply want equal
treatment. Their rights should not, and I can see no reason why they would- come at the expense of my own.
Let's face it, with the exception of
domestic law, such as divorce and custody cases , being a regular
white guy has it's fair share of privilege in our society. When you're Protestant, white, male, cis, and straight as a red, white and blue arrow you will have no trouble obtaining gainful employment, fitting in, finding acceptance virtually anywhere. I myself had no trouble my whole life, that is until I scratched just two off my personal list. One was more jarring than the other. The one almost cost me my job, and for what it's worth, I find it a striking coincidence that my raise post-skirt outing was quite meager.
If I'm just a regular white guy, "they" won't come for me, because I'll be one of "them".
To answer the question more directly, prior to July of 2015 (when I started wearing skirts publicly) I was never "unprotected", because I was not engaging in any unorthodox or taboo activities that would have merited special "protections". Nobody is going to hassle a regular white guy for wearing jeans.
One thing of interest, I made no secret about my unorthodox spiritual situation (religious beliefs) from the onset of my employment there. Despite being not of a Christian variety, still, I was hired, and nobody harassed me about it, beeecaaauusssseeee... the freedom to practice one's own religion is a protected class. However 60 plus years ago it may have cost me my job then! It should also be noted, that though I don't hide my beliefs, I try not to be obnoxious about them at work, and I DO NOT proselytize. Though there have been a few who have badgered
me about going to church. I could
report that... but it's cool... that's not me.
 Progress is being made here all around. It wasn't long ago, if a man and woman divorced, he took care of her FOR LIFE. She ALWAYS got the kids. Now more and more men are indeed winning custody cases (I've seen it personally), and women are receiving less and less spousal support. Mostly because we've begun to empower women to take care of themselves, thus not requiring the level of support that the 1940's housewife would have required. Interestingly around here, the stories of men being raked over the coals in ugly divorce hearings tend to be in more conservative counties, as judges in those areas have an ingrained notion that women can not possibly care for themselves without the aide of a man, and likewise, women in those counties tend to not fair as well financially as their male counterparts.
Indeed, Moon, but the notion does beg the issue of, "Whose god?", does it not? That is the question that the bigots and haters never ask.
Ahh, but really there is only one answer, and one truth, and I doubt anyone has any Earthly idea what it is (myself included), so since we can not possibly know in this stage of our development what the origins of the universe truly are, then by all means, people should be free
to rationalize and believe in what ever helps them sleep at night, but when we're awake, we should always aim to be kind to one another.