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posted by n1 on Wednesday August 20 2014, @06:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the it's-time-to-grow-up dept.

Jessica Roy reports at NY Magazine that news aggregator Fark has became one of the first original link aggregators to ban misogyny from its community making moderators responsible for ensuring that misogyny doesn't make its way into headlines or comments. Banned headlines include rape jokes, calling women as a group "whores" or "sluts" or similar demeaning terminology, and jokes suggesting that a woman who suffered a crime was somehow asking for it.

There are lots of examples of highly misogynistic language in pop culture, and Fark has used those plenty over the years. From SNL's "Jane, you ignorant slut" to Blazing Saddles' multiple casual references to rape, there are a lot of instances where views are made extreme to parody them. On Fark, we have a tendency to use pop culture references as a type of referential shorthand with one another.

On SNL and in a comedy movie, though, the context is clear. On the Internet, it's impossible to know the difference between a person with hateful views and a person lampooning hateful views to make a point.

According to Roy, Fark's new guidelines are a "refreshing departure from the misguided free speech arguments that sites like Reddit that bend over backwards to defend the handful of misogynist communities that are among its ranks, not to mention the free-floating slut-shaming that snakes its way into regular comment threads."

 
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  • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by aristarchus on Wednesday August 20 2014, @07:30AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday August 20 2014, @07:30AM (#83428) Journal

    Yes, only one sex. I was astounded (yes, my stound was assed) to see "ladies only" cars on Japanese trains. Why? Oh why. I have long pointed out, to those males who do not have daughters, that you should imagine what it is like to have a bunch of testosterone driven idiots after your butt. Put yourself in the opposite position. If you have a daughter, your male protective instincts should kick in, but it is not enough. We need visuals.

    It used to be that the number one paranoid hallucination was that the CIA (fortunately, we can pick from more TLAs these days) was broadcasting radio waves to control your mind. Fortunatly, tinfoil hats were invented. But the most common paranoid delusion (excuse me if I do not provide a citation, since it would only confirm your delusion) is that there are naked pictures of you on the internet! This is an advance, since this is much more likely than radio mind-control. But just think about the source of this anxiety: Men, looking at naked pictures of you! Yeah, no problem, read 'em and weep! Except they keep looking. Looking at you, well, like you look at women. Like a piece of meat, an object of their desire. Don't they even want to get to know you? Have dinner first, maybe a movie? Guys are homophobic exactly because they KNOW that gay guys look at them EXACTLY the way they look at women, and they don't like it. So, put yourself in the other person's position. How would you like it?

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 20 2014, @10:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 20 2014, @10:04AM (#83463)

    You are sounding very sexist there.

    you should imagine what it is like to have a bunch of testosterone driven idiots after your butt.

    But just think about the source of this anxiety: Men, looking at naked pictures of you!

    Guys are homophobic

    How would you like it?

    I know I don't like sexism when I see it, and I see it now.

    • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Thursday August 21 2014, @07:43AM

      by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday August 21 2014, @07:43AM (#83859) Journal

      STOP looking at me! I never approved those photos! If you prick me, do I not. . . oh, forget it.

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