After reading some of the responses to the “Sharing our experience” editorial, I felt I needed to chime in. I also want to say that the thing that originally drew my attention to this week’s issue of Bay Windows was the huge typo of ‘editorial’ on the front page. I initially read the responses before I was able to read the original piece. I understand all the criticism and hostility directed towards this ‘nice white lesbian’, and agree that maybe it was in poor judgement. I never want a man to speak for me, or about me, or discuss my plight, in any forum. Straight, gay, black, white, on NPR, in the New York Times, or on my street corner. Walk a mile in my shoes before you speak for me. I am a 48 year old white lesbian and I have zero tolerance for ‘understanding crunchy white men who understand me and what it’s like for me to be a woman’. That’s why I’ll never tell you what it’s like for a black man, a gay man of any color, a black woman, or a white surbarban mother of 3 living in Wellesley. It’s because I just don’t know and I find it incredibally insulting and presumptuous to even pretend that I do. Please stick to what you know and please proof read your front page for typos in the future.
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