Pick any random story about equality and it will be full of people accusing the women involved of attacking them personally and of being whiney bitches.
Clarify this for me: Are you saying:
1. Such posts exist, and some get upmodded.
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2. The majority of such comments get upmodded and misogyny is the dominant sentiment in this community.
If you're saying 2, we should take action. But first, citation needed, because I think you are mistaken. If you're saying 1, it is better to allow a few fools to express their opinion -- and better yet for us to discuss it without rancor and help them get a clue -- than to become a community that does not speak freely.
Back when the whole Mozilla controversy was going on there were endless posts about how "just not liking gays" was somehow a perfectly okay position to take, and blaming them for daring to demand equality and human rights.
Clarify this for me; are you saying:
1. That the dominant meme in the Mozilla conversation was that it is perfectly okay to not like gays?
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2. That a dominant meme was that he has a right to be a bigot, even though bigotry is wrong.
The latter is what I saw in the Mozilla issue, and it is an important distinction.
I am a hard-core equal rights advocate. Nothing good comes from hate. I argued in that thread for him to be dismissed, and believe it was right for him to "choose to resign".
But here's the thing about "nothing good comes from hate" -- it cuts both ways. Nothing good comes from hate, even when the target of the hate is a bigot. While I may find a person's opinion repugnant, and I do not hesitate to tell such people their view is flawed, I will defend to the death their right to express it.