1. I tried Reddit for a while. I found they had lots of neat links and interesting conversation. At first, I thought it was a pretty neat place. Then I started noticing more and more misogyny. This made me increasingly uncomfortable. The breaking point, for me, was the Violentacrez incident. Violentacrez ran a subreddit dedicated to “creepshots”, i.e. surreptitiously photographs of women and photos stolen from women’s Facebook pages, posted without the women’s permission for the purpose of leering. A reporter at Gawker exposed Violentacrez’s real-life identity. The reaction of the Reddit community was to hold the Gawker reporter in contempt for the identity exposure, while continuing to embrace the person who ran the “creepshots” forum. I agree that the identity unmasking was morally problematic, but I couldn’t understand how it was worse than the “creepshots” The only explanation that made sense to me was serious misogyny. I decided that I couldn’t continue to frequent that community after that.

  2. kronda

    Yeah they seem to value ‘freedom of speech’ over just about everything else, and that appears to mean ‘everyone gets to be an asshole.’ Scary and sad.

  3. MrsIpstenu

    You forgot one element of this trip: The HUGE fluorescent pink triangle on the bumper sticker of my car.

    Hope you’re recovering well from surgery. Don’t try to overdo it at WC Portland.


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