"ignorant" isn't always an insult. there can be good or bad (or neither) reasons for someone to not know something
Related complaint: when we express frustration with a political milieu like this one it's often not what people don't know that's frustrating, but what people aren't interested in — interest as indicated by the things they choose to pursue that are Political or whatever
Or the Political things that make people feel outrage, fear, hope, exhilaration
@noyovo there really needs to be nuance with the way we talk about ignorance, and a totally dismantling of placing a specific sort of intelligence up on a pedestal.
having or not having knowledge isn't a moral issue, its often an accessibility issue.
@glitter Like as researchers, we find & learn a lot of information. But we are intensely aware of how most people literally would have no idea how to find that information without specialised training, access to elite institutions, or frankly money. & THEN there's understanding - since a lot of the research we find is filtered through elite academics, it helps to learn to “read between the lines” or figure out which things they're saying that are true & which are bullshit, so that when we share things we aren't misleading (at least not intentionally).
& of course it's not all about research lmao this is just one area we can talk about specifically
@LovesTha okay? i'm clearly talking about people that do not have everything required to gain access and choose not to.
i'm not really interested in continuing this conversation further if thats your only point to be made. the OP sums up what this post was about specifically, in that "ignorance" is not always a negative signifier. i have zero idea why you felt the need to chime in "but sometimes it is" when clearly we already know that.
Those outside those assumptions still have the entire knowledge of mankind more easily than someone born hundreds of years ago, just the difference may be between types of impossible.
@LovesTha Are you white
@noyovo yeah, this is why I usually use willfully ignorant for situations where a person is being the deliberate/bad kind and anything else I just use ignorant or unknowledgable for.
Generalist Hometown instance with a strong focus on community standards. No TERF, no SWERF, no Nazi, no Centrist.