Okay, straight white cismale nerd friends.
I get it. We all get it. You, personally, are not a misogynist, homophobe, racist, transphobe, whatever.
But when you read an article about privilege problems in nerd culture and feel the need to talk about how you personally are not a misogynist, homophobe, racist, transphobe, or whatever, it is derailing. It doesn’t add to the conversation and it’s not addressing the the problematic acts or environment. It’s not making anyone think. Worse, it reads like you’re trying to say that the issue is not your problem and you’d prefer that the conversation stop. This is probably not your intent, but what ARE you bringing to the table, if not desired absolution from wrongdoing?
Even if you are not a perpetrator of problematic behavior, helping to raise awareness and bring change to a hostile environment is good work. This isn’t about ‘political correctness’, this is about making nerdy stuff fun for everybody.