Should Random Non-political Thing be Politicized?
Bethany Mandel is fed up with politics being in everything when all she wants to do is hawk an extra baby carrier:
I attempted to find several of the “BST” [Vik: babycarrying?] groups—buy, sell, or trade—over the weekend and discovered they had almost all been archived for the day. Why? To protest racism. What mothers selling their baby carriers to other mothers has to do with racism and what good it does the cause to inconvenience folks like me I’ll never understand.
I empathize with the feeling behind this.1 More than that, I think shared activities and interests are necessary for politics to not tear us completely apart. It should absolutely be possible to buy and sell a baby carrier without needing to audit another person’s politics or be interrogated yourself. No one should be micro-aggressed into not being able to sell their baby carrier on their preferred schedule.
That said, not everyone owes you that. If someone wants to make a commie-only baby carrying group, I will laugh at them, but if it bothers you, go form your own group or post to Craigslist or any number of other options.
As much as I share the preference to de-politicize things that are on their face neutral, it’s the prerogative of hosts to set the house rules.