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Comment: Walk away? (Score 1) 734 734

As someone who was tortured throughout my primary and secondary education, I understand that the situation can feel nigh intolerable. But my question is this: why didn't she just tune them out? If my understanding of the situation is correct, it appears that the entirety of the abuse was occurring online. So why didn't she just block/unfriend them, as virtually every form of social media allows you to do? I may have been treated like shit at school, but I didn't interact with anyone I didn't want to online - my home was my haven. I certainly didn't friend my tormentors on Facebook...

Comment: Re:Talk about sexism... (Score 1) 254 254

It's certainly not illegal in a criminal sense - you won't get sent to prison for it. I don't know how easy (or hard) it would be for the other party to sue her for defamation/slander in this particular case. Assuming the material she posted was indeed said by the other party, I assume it would be quite difficult - but as I said, I am not a lawyer. For a good reason, mind you.

But let's put that point aside for the moment. Do you honestly think it is more unprofessional of someone to post a private conversation than for the other party to call them a demeaning name (a name which was of a sexual nature in this case) in said conversation? Perhaps the actions of both are unprofessional, in a sense. Perhaps she could have solved this in private. Honestly, I don't know, and I personally suspect that there may be more to the situation than is being let on. But I think anyone with an iota of common sense would agree it is extraordinarily unprofessional to start calling anybody names of any sort just because they don't want to work for you without compensation. It's goes beyond being unprofessional to just being plain old stupid.

Comment: Re:Talk about sexism... (Score 1) 254 254

And my point is that this is even more batshit crazy than donglegate.

I think that's quite a stretch. This is more ridiculous than two people being fired over a penis joke?

Donglegate at least involved a public space. This involves a private message between two individuals. Publishing such a message and making a big deal out of it is not only completely unprofessional on her part, it may actually be illegal in some jurisdictions.

Not in the United States, it isn't. Of course, I am not a lawyer.

Comment: Re:Talk about sexism... (Score 1) 254 254

Would he? Do you know that for sure?

Honestly, I don't know for certain if this particular individual is actually a total sexist. That wasn't my point. My point was that compared to the batshit retardation that was donglegate, this is something that people should actually be up in arms about-barring any circumstances of which we are currently unaware.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350

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