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"And I’m still being told not to feed the trolls."

2013-09-07 13:40:15.742736+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-09-07 20:34:10.855006+00 by: Nancy

sad. I wondered as I was reading this, if perhaps a small piece of the solution is for women to continue to grow in their support of other women. Imagine if supportive women (and men too, however there is a culture of women not supporting women that needs correcting...ultimately of course we all should support causes we believe in, gender aside) overwhelmed Caroline's feeds with their uplifting words. Perhaps that would help flush out the slime.

I have made a concerted effort to be a positive voice on the internets. And a positive voice off the internets as well.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-09-08 11:23:15.929178+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Sad commentary on a common problem in humanity, and certain (sub-)cultures specifically. We don't need more laws, which is a short term band-aid solution, we need to change society so that these inane laws are not needed. It does make me want to thwack some sick people (mostly men)... although I'm trying hard to not add violence to any situation.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-09-09 21:34:52.248163+00 by: Dan Lyke

So To my daughter's high school programming teacher just crossed my path, and a few things are stewing. I don't have an answer, but...

At some point in the development of the rat boys, Alpha Rat Boy figured out that he could get a rise out of people with Hitler jokes. So he did. He'd never met anyone with the tattooed numbers, never read Weisel or similar, so didn't have the connection with the Holocaust that those of my upbringing did, so he didn't have any personal connection to why those things were so impactful.

Kinda like when kids go through the "dead baby" jokes.

But I've also seen Alpha Rat Boy, whose mom finally came out as lesbian, shut down gay jokes in his circles pretty damned hard.

What I suspect is happening is that a bunch of teenagers are used to playing the rape jokes because they don't see the harm, and they're getting the rise they're looking for out of their victims.

But in a culture that supports their biases, I don't know how to demonstrate to them that such things do have a direct impact.