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1-22-2010 @ 3:05PM
"I'm not sure which is more disturbing: The actual bigotry demonstrated or your ambivalence towards that bigotry simply because it is "on the internet.""I just don't mistake abject stupidity for "bigotry". I wouldn't particularly worry about rape threats made online by a bunch of kiddies who are, in all likelihood, scared to even look at a girl. I just remind myself that they'll be pissing themselves in the hallway between periods tomorrow and get on with the PUG.If the Klan starts holding rallies in Ironforge, or a bunch of registered sex offenders move into my neighborhood in Orgrimmar, I'll be handing out http://www.wowhead.com/?item=39202 and http://www.wowhead.com/?item=23480 to the rest of the angry mob. Until then, I maintain my stance that the absolute worse way to deal with someone who thinks it's funny to push other people's buttons is to take what they say seriously.By all means report them so hopefully they go away. But drawing attention to the fact that they're getting to you is completely counter-productive. I hope your righteous indignation feels better than dealing with your problem in an efficient and rational manner.Motivation *does* matter. If you think these guys are really going to rape you, I suggest you see a shrink. Sorry I'm not with the hive mind on this one, but I'm entirely exhausted by the sheer quantity of righteous indignation wasted on a bunch of morons who spend more time on 4chan than in the real world.But, by all means, continue fanning the flames.
1-22-2010 @ 3:18PM
We don't have to believe they're actually planning to rape someone for it to be offensive. We also don't have to turn a deaf ear to it for that reason. As I said above, if the community accepts offensive language than we're enabling these folks. There's nothing wrong with expecting people to use a little common sense, and show some restraint when they're interacting with strangers. That's necessary for social interaction in any setting. Just because some people don't think they need to bother doesn't mean we should look the other way.
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