Why I’m not an Ally

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It’s a lovely, inclusive honourific to receive from a friend, but I’m really coming to loathe the term.  Maybe that’s not quite right, I think what I loathe is the fakeness it generates in the broader world.

At best it’s a badge to show off right-on credentials and moral superiority.  At worst it’s cover for perpetrators to continue bad behaviour with the blessing of the morally righteous [See Sting as Feyd Rautha in Dune for all the bile to be piled in to shouting the word “righteous”


I shy away from any association with the immorality of the morally righteous.  If I’m an ally to individuals then there’s a simple word for that, it’s called being a friend.  That’s the only honourific that counts.