Misogynist Posts Okay? [Updated x2]
by TexasDarlin, Sat Apr 05, 2008 at 11:47:51 AM EDT
At this moment I am angry, sad, and stunned. A person with a myDD account apparently believes so passionately in his/her candidate, Barack Obama, that she/he has sunk to a new low by posting a HATE DIARY. (Upon objection by a commenter, I deleted the specific reference here; I'm sure someone will point out in the comments section which diary is at issue.)
The subject of this diary is female Hillary supporters. The diarist calls out one of us by name who wrote a myDD diary and attempts to humiliate that member of our community with misogynist and degrading insults.
Now as we all know, a few Hillary supporters got banned from myDD recently; some of us successfully made the case for re-entry. In my case, I was temporarily ousted for writing a diary about Obama's church changing its website that was based on linked news sources. But it sparked complaints from Obama supporters and it was deleted. I have accepted that decision by Todd, Jonathan, and Jerome -- whom I respect for the responsibility they take on every day to ensure the integrity of their website. Since returning to myDD, I have done my very best to be a better blogger and focus on less provocative subjects.
Other bloggers have been warned or banned for posting things at myDD that some interpreted to be racist.
What about misogyny? Is that okay?
Today's hate diary is over the line. As a woman I am particularly offended and I'd like to call for an end to all sexist and misogynist posts by Obama bloggers. If racism cannot be tolerated in this venue for Democrats, neither should sexism. The diary is ugly, personal, and viscious.
On a related note, I'd like to call out some Obama supporters (not by name because we all know who they are) who are posting comments on this site. They have escalated to disturbing levels the practices of 1) inappropriate troll rating of other bloggers with whom they disagree and 2) mean and nasty comments that attack other bloggers personally.
It might be helpful if the myDD administrators posted the user guidelines again, and perhaps kept them up on the site somehow in a more visible and permanent way.
J, J, and T: Thanks for the excellent work you all do in administering this site. I know it must be giving you headaches these days to investigate all of the complaints you receive. But please look into the actions here of some of the Obama supporters who are breaking your rules.
Updated 4/5/08 3:21 PM PST: As seen in the comment threads, two points should be clarified:
1. There is a difference between criticizing a candidate and personally attacking another blogger. The people running for President should be under scrutiny. Fellow bloggers are not running for public office and therefore should be off limits. That being said...
2. There appears to be greater intolerance for ideas and statements about race than there is for those posts which are sexist or misogynist,whether in the context of the candidates themselves, or other bloggers. There should not be different standards.*****************************
Updated 4/5/08 4:25 PM PST: Several commenters have asked why the subject diary was misogynist and offensive. Here's why:
1. The title of the diary, "Cranky Old Culture Wars," would be insulting even as a general statement, but is particularly demoralizing and offensive because it is directly linked to another myDD blogger who is quoted in her diary as being a 62-year-old woman. Imagine how this person feels? Yes, think about her feelings.
2. The diarist really sticks it to her, on a very personal level, and offends all women with this stunner:
The stridency coming from cultural/radical feminists during this primary season has been remarkably similar to Reverend Wright's. When (X) (to cite just one example) writes on MyDD about her life struggles against the patriarchy, we appreciate her journey and, at the same time, can't help recognizing an emotional perspective that is stuck in time.
Really, if I have to explain to Obama supporters why the emphasized words are offensive to women, not to mention baby-boomer women, then please put me in touch with your mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters. Perhaps they will be able to explain it to you, but in case not, here's a hint:
Most women who support Hillary are not "radical feminists." We are just ordinary women, people who happen to be female. We are not irrational or trapped in emotional time warps. Yes, we are proud that Hillary is a woman, but that does not mean that we are too hysterical or hormonal to base our decision on whom we believe to be best qualified to be President. And to compare our passion as women to the hatred of Rev. Wright is just inexcusable.***************************
cross-posted at texasdarlin.wordpress.com