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It’s not clear in what you’ve written what the context is. Clearly, GTFO and attacking people to their employers fits the “pattern B” I identified in my comment. I generally agree on the problem of “call out culture” but what you’ve written here merely says that the reason it’s wrong is that if people address individual behavior, it’s the wrong tactic or strategy for addressing problems that are ultimately structural, not personal. However, in many cases, people accused of participating in call-out culture now are trying to address the impact of institutional power on individuals as they participate within social movements. What I’m saying is not to endorse or defend call-out culture, but to distinguish destructive shaming and shunning from constructive efforts to address actual problems in social movements that are connected to differences in social power among members. (as I put it in my first comment pattern A vs. pattern B) Here are some examples of pattern A that I’ve experienced: 1) We were dealing with MRAs on our campus, and one of them had gone into a women’s bathroom and made a youtube video about how he wanted to put tape over women’s mouths. In a meeting, I suggested putting warning signs on bathroom doors on campus about a man trying to get into women’s bathrooms, and someone else pointed out that this would have a bad impact on trans-women, something I honestly had not thought about. I was not called out as such, but someone certainly pointed out to me that my idea could have bad consequences. 2) About 30 years ago, I was in an Anarchist group where women did a disproportionate amount of support work for meetings and demos, and men did a disproportionate amount of writing and talking. Men also did not respond substantively in debates to things that women said, but if another man repeated something a woman had said, it would then become a point of debate worth discussing. It was infuriating and was alienating to many women in the group. Women met separately in a caucus, came back and then gave a list of criticisms to the men about what they had experienced. The group did not dissolve. We have to be able to deal with having these things pointed out to us if we are going to be able to work in groups effectively across differences — and this is a problem that both callers-out and critics of call-out culture are making more difficult.

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