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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 VLM on Wednesday August 20 2014, @01:14PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 20 2014, @01:14PM (#83505)

    Part of the story isn't interesting. The actual activity was banning trolly behavior. You can be as misogynistic as you want as long as you're not using it as a trolling theme in certain rather precisely described trolling behaviors. Just troll under another theme or slightly differently, who cares. Nobody wants to talk about that aspect of the story, just the relative merits of misogyny as a philosophical outlook or whatever, which has little to do with the story.

    That aspect, and lots of semi funny jokes. Maybe the humor aspect alone redeems the story, maybe humor alone isn't enough.

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