Okay, so the first picture is a post that appeared on my dashboard today (a derivative of the second picture), and it pissed me off so I’m going to explain a thing to you all that a lot of people don’t seem to be getting.

This is literally one of the most fucking stupid arguments in existence and it only serves to justify prejudice.

The premise of this argument is that a certain percentage of men commit acts of violence, sexual abuse, or sexism, therefore you can generalise the male population to say that it is safer to assume that they are all violent than to accept that not all men commit these acts.

So let’s put the scenario into action.

There is a certain percentage of men have committed rape. Therefore we can classify all men as rapists and treat them as such. No? Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10% of them are poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful. Not all M&Ms are poison.

Sounds okay, right?

What people seem to be failing to realise is that it is incredibly rare that any group ever has a 0% rate of having committed a certain crime.

If every group is a bowl of M&Ms and every bad person is a poisoned M&M, you can apply the analogy anywhere.

Let’s try the analogy in a few more contexts and see if it still seems reasonable.

There is a certain percentage of black people who are criminals. Therefore, we can classify all black people as criminals and arrest them any time they seem suspicious. No? Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10% of them are poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful. Not all M&Ms are poison.

A certain percentage of gay adoptive parents have abused their adopted child. Therefore we can classify all gay people as child abusers and not allow them to adopt. No? Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10% of them are poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful. Not all M&Ms are poison.

A certain percentage of rape accusations are false. Therefore we can classify all rape accusations as false and not follow up on any of them. No? Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10% of them are poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful. Not all M&Ms are poison.

A certain percentage of girls will not graduate high school. Therefore we can classify all girls as natural failures in the education system and not bother to educate them. No? Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10% of them are poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful. Not all M&Ms are poison.

Does generalising a whole group based on the actions of the minority still seem acceptable?

For every group in society there are ‘poisoned M&Ms’ hiding amongst them. And any generalisation like this that you make can be turned back on you. “Some men rape so we should classify all men as rapists”? Okay, well some women rape, should we classify all women as rapists? No? Funny how people don’t like this argument when it’s turned back on them.

The M&M analogy does nothing but enable and justify prejudice and that should never be acceptable, no matter what group it’s aimed at. Don’t judge people by the colour of their skin or what’s between their legs.. judge them by their actions, regardless of whatever stereotype you’re inclined to place them in.

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    The sad part is this whole M&M bullshit was came up with by a man and he’s basically telling off his entire gender...
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    I want to believe that at this point anyone who uses this argument is a troll
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    this fucking guy right here
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