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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: 2) by Lagg on Wednesday August 20 2014, @10:23AM

    by Lagg (105) on Wednesday August 20 2014, @10:23AM (#83472) Homepage Journal

    You might actually be closer than you think with that. Though I respect him for not linking to stuff with ads or even analytics so far as I can tell I swear he does this stuff so he can get more clicks to his... Interestingly bizarre website and push whatever thing he happens to be working on. Though he's entitled to do this and deserves at least that much as a reward for his submission (you'll notice I do this too but is a personal homepage that is basically a business card with no other agenda) he's kind of shameless about it and really shows no indication that he understands what's wrong with the blatant cross posting and redundancy. He literally says what amounts to "What? *shrug*" in the occasional times he pops into comments.

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