Inter-gender and inter-sex solidarity ?
By Toban Black at Feb 18, 2009
Three photos from the local university campus -- with written remarks about them -
These four blog posts are about those photos -
- Sociological Images - "Defending privilege"
- Feministe - "Anti-Feminist Vandalism"
- The F-Word - "Real men and rape"
- Feministing - "Fun with Feminist Flickr (activism edition)"
There are a lot of comments on those posts.
The posts mainly are about a flyer that initially declared that "Real men do not let men rape" -- until that flyer was modified to read "Real men do rape." The Sociological Images post also included a photo of a nearby flyer about how men should respect women, as well as a photo of scraps that were left behind after most of that flyer about respect was torn down.
After the photos were included the blog posts mentioned above, someone posted a string of anonymous anti-feminist comments on the last and the second-last of the photo pages. I responded to some of their comments... initially. Then I ended up blocking their account from my Flickr pages (which they can't comment on from that account). I also deleted a few of their comments -- but not without posting some of what had been in two of them.
Anyway, if anyone out there is inclined to object to how I didn't take a cyber-libertarian hands-off approach, I ask that you read at least those threads before passing judgement on me. I think I made a lot of effort to avoid the deleting and banning -- which was justifiable in the end though, I think, given the anti-feminist perspective that this person was promoting so persistently.
Some would, instead, conclude that I was too open to what that person was saying; but I don't think that criticism would be fair though. It's not as if I knew what the person was going to write before before they had posted all of it.