Freestyle Friday: A Museum of My Mistakes

(With apologies to Julia Wertz, who draws a comic called “Museum of Mistakes“)

Restarting my blog has led me to re-read some of the posts I wrote three or four years ago … and boy, is that embarrassing.

In some areas, I’m a little embarrassed by where I was then, compared to where I am now.

And I’m more than a little embarrassed by how little progress I’ve made in other areas.

But I’m extremely embarrassed by a few stupid insensitive things I did back then, like using the “homosexual” as a noun, instead of LGBT+ person, gender/sexual  minority (GSM), or a more specific and appropriate term like gay man or lesbian woman.

My first instinct was to go in an “correct” it, changing the old terms to more appropriate, sensitive and respectful wording.

But I’ve decided to let it stand. I’m not going to sanitize my past. Because I wasn’t writing that to speak against GSM people, but to work through my own understanding, and come to a place where I could at least be supportive and respectful to them as people.

I just didn’t know that I didn’t know.

I know now, but I think it would be wrong to go back and change it, to retroactively present myself as wiser or more sensitive or understanding than I really was. That would be false.

So I’ll let the old posts stand as a “Museum of My Mistakes.” Though I do reserve the right to take a post down entirely, if I really feel I need to. But I won’t alter what I wrote, and leave it up as if it had always been that way.

You can’t change the past, even if you have editing privileges 🙂

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