Saturday, May 9, 2009

Silly feminist says: It's all good

I have a lot of respect for all people who do feminist blogging. The ideas we present and the topics we discuss are challenging to many people, especially those who fit well into, or are benefited by the current societal structure. I have recently made blogging a top priority of mine, despite trying my best to live an active life outside of the internet, and because I have been posting more frequently, I have been getting more comments. Many of them are anonymous, and often times they are not nice.

Here is an example:

Silly feminist. All you have are straw men and man-blaming. No wonder no one takes you seriously.

This is the last line of a comment that was submitted (and rejected) in regard to this post. This person also accused me of not checking my privilege and of "bragging about a college education" after I commented to explain why I would not respond to their comment (I'm currently taking an overload of undergraduate classes).

This comment wasn't even disheartening, because, to steal a phrase from Edward M. Kennedy, relying on personal attacks unrelated to the topic at hand is merely an admission that one's own ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits.

I know I will probably get more hate mail in response to this post, but all it will do is prove to me that my work is necessary and good.


lindsay said...

I'm constantly amazed at how online anonymity brings out the worst in people. I know you've seen worse comments, but anything belittling is a blow at attempting to keep feminists quiet. Keep up the good work.

FEMily! said...

Blogspot allows users to block Anonymous comments. You know how vermin in a dark and dirty room quickly scoot away into the corners and behind furniture once a light is turned on? That's what trolls do once they have to provide a name and URL to leave comments.

Amelia said...

I was looking into the option of not allowing anon. comments, but I thought that meant that it took away the name/URL option so that people had to have some sort of account in order to comment...which I didn't want to do.

tessarae said...

on a similar note, sady has an excellent takedown of how comments like this trivialize feminist experience and take away from actual analysis: