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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: 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.

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  • (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.

    #Freearistarchus, again!!!!!1!!