I've got one! The guy is my best friend's brother, and I have finally decided to put him on my limited profile list that will prevent him from seeing my status updates. Despite identifying as a liberal, every single political statement I make, he argues with. Talk about fauxgressive.
My status: Dear TV, it is not cute or romantic when the guy goes to the woman's family to ask permission to marry her. It is infantilizing and, frankly, a bit disturbing. Love, Jamie.
Douchebag: I agree insofar as I personally find the concept unappealing, but I can see how, for someone with a different cultural background, it might be totally appropriate.
Me: I'd be really interested in hearing of a situation in which that could possibly be appropriate.
Douchebag: You're viewing a symbolic ceremony as strictly literal when a lot of the time, it's not. That's certainly not how it's meant in movies or on television. It can be a sign of respect for the role that families play in a marriage. Maybe it ...IS a reflection of a feeling of ownership for some people, and that's deplorable. But I don't think we can blindly demonize people who find it to be a harmless tradition.
Douchebag: You really want to dictate to the rest of the world how to live their lives? It just seems disturbingly arrogant, and it's exactly why they hate the left so much.
At this point I'm pretty much speechless, and there's no fucking way I'm going to fight with this guy *on Facebook* about cultural relativism, human rights, women-as-fully-human, women-as-adults/the infantilization of women, etc. Not worth my fucking time.
Sorry about the language but this upset me.
ETA: I'll admit I am kinda hoping for some good responses, though, because I feel like if I remain silent, it means he wins. Or something... >.>