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Can Reddit handle the truth?

Shaming: Does not always work with dogs.

So the other day I got an interesting comment from a new fan. And by “fan,” I mean someone who hates my guts. “Casper” makes what he evidently thinks is a devastating indictment of my main modus operandi – that is, quoting misogynist dunderheads, and mocking them.

Clever. You encourage hatred towards men while using their own language to shame them. …

You’re just a hate-mongerer albeit an intelligent and creative one. Hitler would have just loved you

That’s right. I “encourage hatred towards men” by reporting what some dudes actually post on the internet, usually under a fake name that can’t be traced back to them. Pointing out when someone says something shitty evidently makes me as bad as Hitler.  (I should note that I mock specific men, not men in general, and that I also mock specific women with similar opinions.)

Casper also complains that “[e]ven the name of your site is an effort to shame men.” Again, I should point out that the dumb punny title of this blog isn’t directed at all men, merely those who act like misogynist boobs (or, if you prefer, boobz). “Boob” is pretty much the mildest insult I can think of, not to mention one that is a bit archaic; it’s a bit like calling someone a ruffian or a jackanape. Frankly, it’s far too nice a name for many of the people I write about here.

Of course, Casper isn’t the only one who feels that pointing out the offensive crap that people say is somehow equivalent of starting a death camp in your backyard. Take the many critics of ShitRedditSays.

For those who aren’t familiar with the ways of Reddit, ShitRedditSays (or SRS) is a user-created forum (subreddit) on Reddit devoted to pointing out some of the worst, most bigoted and awful crap posted on Reddit that nonetheless gets upvotes and acclaim from Reddit regulars.

The SRS modus operandi may seem a bit familiar to anyone who reads Man Boobz: SRSers find highly upvoted crap on Reddit and post it to their subreddit, where others react with horror and/or laugh about how hilariously awful it is. They don’t send out “downvote brigades” to downvote the crap they link to; they don’t try to track the bigots down in the real world and harass them. No, SRSers post what they find, and they mock.

On a couple of occasions, they’ve gone further. When they discovered that actual child porn was being circulated in Reddit’s “Jailbait” subreddit, a hangout for ephebophile creepers to creep on pictures of underage girls, SRSers spread the word beyond Reddit, and the resulting media attention led to Reddit finally deleting that subreddit.

Problem solved? Not exactly; the creepers merely moved on to any number of other subreddits devoted to the sexualization of underage girls. And so SRS struck again, alerting the media to the fact that Reddit still hosted a forum even creepier than r/jailbait – that is, r/preteen_girls, devoted to sexualized pictures of girls under the age of 13. This time, the Reddit admins moved more quickly, and banned all the subreddits that, in their words, “focus on sexualization of children.”

And apparently the Reddit admins are still pissed off about it. Recently, someone on Reddit leaked the log of a private chat between a Reddit moderator and one of the site’s administrators (that is, someone who actually works at Reddit). (See here and here for more details.)

The admin, known as hueypriest, described SRS’s attempts to get child porn and other material sexualizing children off of Reddit as “kind of like a forrest [sic]  fire,” and grumbled about SRSers and other opponents of child porn sending “frivolous tips” to the FBI:

the fbi is not interested in following up leads of 17 year olds who’s boyfriends post shit on the internet

And evidently neither was Reddit, until SRSers and others revealed what was going on in its sleaziest subreddits to the world.

Again, all SRS did was to point out what was there.

Ever since Reddit’s belated shutdown of what hueypriest euphemistically described as the “questionable” subreddits, there’s a lot of talk on Reddit about how SRS needs to be shut down.

A couple of comments in the SubredditDrama subreddit pretty much sum up the frustrations a lot of us feel towards Reddit’s admins and many of the site’s users. 1338h4x writes:

Subreddits sexualizing kids? Let that slide for 5 years until the public pressure and bad PR is finally too much. Subreddit calling out sexism, bigotry, etc? SHUT IT DOWN RIGHT NOW!

This would just be the ultimate validation of SRS’s message. I dare them to do it.

Matriarchy adds:

Making reddit look bad = the worst thing. Perhaps they should stay on the ball and actually get rid off the terrible shit in advance … you know, that way they don’t look bad by having a policy that tacitly allows child pornography to remain on the website for extended periods of time.

You would think this is a no-brainer. Apparently this is not the case~

Apparently.

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Posted on February 22, 2012, in creepy, dawgies, hypocrisy, oppressed men, pedophiles oh sorry ephebophiles, reddit, shaming tactics. Bookmark the permalink. 174 Comments.

  1. Awww. :) Congrats, comrade, and keep the faith in the Feminazi Order!

  2. Congrats, Kristin! He’s adorable.

  3. Kristen: If you need help in training him up in the ways of righteousness, I have it on no less an Authority than NWO that I am a White Night Par Exellence. DKM also speaks highly of me in this regard.

    Swords, and spears, and things which go boom, a specialty. :)

  4. Awww, congratulations Kristin!

  5. Congratulations, Kristin. He’s very cute.

  6. Aw, what a cute little guy he is. Congratulations.

  7. kristinmh: Congratulations! He’s adorable and I look forward to reports of his white knight training.

  8. Awww, he’s adorable! Congrats!

  9. “Who’s a little mangina? You are! Yes you are!”

  10. WOOHOOOO!! White Knight Rises!!

    Congrats to you guys

  11. Glad to hear you two made it safely through and he looks like a big baby! Hope he always rests well at night and calls you on your birthday.

  12. Awwww…
    Good job on making this little guy. Good luck to make him into a nice white knight, the community count on you.

    But… blue cover? Are you trying to make him a virile heterosexual or something?

    /strawfeminism

    * go back looking at picture.
    Awww.

  13. Well done Kristen! what did he weigh at birth? he looks like a big baby. My two were little scraps of things so i’m sometimes not a good judge of it. big hugs to all of you and wishing you easy feeds and long sleeps. if you need any virtual support, as a mum, i’m there for you x

  14. Aww. He’s so cute! Congratulations, Kristin.

  15. Cecil is adorable indeed. Congratulations!!!

  16. Kendra, the bionic mommy

    Awww, new baby. Congrats, Kristin! He’s a sweety pie!

  17. How wonderful! Congratulations, Kristin!

  18. Cecil is such a great name. Congratulations.

  19. Yay Kristin! Conga-rats, and I’ll add a +1 on the choice of name for Cecil. Enjoy the bon bons!

  20. Thanks, everyone!

    He’s wrapped in blue at my mother’s insistence, actually – he was wrapped in a pink blanket the day before and she insisted on putting him in something blue so her sisters wouldn’t make fun of her when she sent them the picture. I intend to return to destroying his natural manliness ASAP. :p

    Big Momma, he was 7 pounds 13 oz and quite long, around 23″. I was afraid he’d be really giant, as my sister and myself were both around 9 1/2 pounds, in spite of being normal-small as adults.

  21. Congrats, Kristin! Hello Cecil!

  22. Yay Kristin! He’s very cute. I bet you’re glad that he’s not pressing on your bladder and kicking your internal organs any more, too.

  23. BAAAAAAABY!

    *ahem* He is a lovely little tyke, and I’m sure he will make an excellent addition to the hivemind. Congratulations!

  24. Congratulations, Kristin!

    Welcome, Cecil!

  25. Congrats Kristen! :) he’s adorable!

  26. Wow, Kristen, congratulations!

  27. CONGRATULATIONS, KRISTEN!

    WELCOME TO THE WORLD, CECIL!

  28. Seems like I picked a good time to come back and check on this thread.

    Congratulations, Kristen and to your family, Cecil is a beautiful little boy.

    And to Cecil, another welcome from me! =D
    <3

  29. Congratulations Kristen! He’s really cute!

  30. Just popping in to say that I can’t hear a conversation with hooligans and ruffians without thinking of the great Bill Hicks routine about crime in L.A. vs. crime in Britain. This particular YouTube video of the clip has a bunch of random Ken Burns still photos of Bill Hicks and various images related to the routine.

    “We’re the hooligans…”

  31. I missed this last night, but I just want to add to the chorus of “Awwwww!”s and “Congrats!” So cute! :3

  32. Congratulations!

    Welcome to this world, Cecil. It’s not the best place, but it becomes what we choose to make of it.

  33. What a sweetie! I’m glad he was on the smaller side for you, I know you were a bit worried. Enjoy it, it goes soooo fast. My little one will be 4 weeks tomorrow & I honestly have no clue where it went, feels like it should be 2 weeks at most.

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