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Comment: Re:Not trying to excuse what he did (Score 1) 349

by Zontar The Mindless (#48892293) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

You're making it sound like he's some sort of psychopath or something.

We're talking about someone who's demonstrated repeated success in identifying and starting unsavoury online relationships with female students who have difficulties asserting themselves.

Whatever random noise you wish to employ as a label for that is fine by me.

Comment: Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 349

by Zontar The Mindless (#48891897) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

It was not. Quoth TFA,

After talking to a psychiatrist in September 2014 about what she described as a “breakdown,” Harbi decided to collect evidence of Lewin’s behavior to take to MIT. Within five days of searching, Harbi said, she found 10 other women whom Lewin had befriended and contacted on Facebook with inappropriate, sometimes identical messages. Lewin then blocked her from seeing his Facebook friends, she said.

Generally speaking, Harbi said, the women live in countries where speaking out about sexual harassment is taboo -- countries “where the culture is that it is better to actually not speak at all, because you’ll be a disgrace to your family.” Lewin confessed his love for several of them, chat logs show, but often denied those feelings to women who asked about the others.

Comment: Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 349

by Zontar The Mindless (#48891865) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Just because she's creeped-out by it, doesn't necessarily mean it's inappropriate.

Of course it's completely inappropriate for her to be creeped out by it.

She was (IMO appropriately) creeped out because someone in whom she'd placed trust initiated private contact with her. As it later emerged, this someone has a history of preying on females whom he's apparently tagged as "vulnerable", just as he tried to take advantage of it in this case.

Maybe my problem with what you said is that we don't agree on definitions, so here's a couple of mine:

"Maybe you'd like to have dinner with me sometime?" from someone you don't want to hear that from. <-- Unwelcome advance.

"Would you send me nudies of yourself?" from someone who is working with you in a professional setting, is 3 or 4 decades your senior, AND contacts you outside of official channels just to ask you this question. <-- "Creepout" territory.

Comment: Re:Not a college kid (Score 1) 349

by Zontar The Mindless (#48891817) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Just a quick note-- she wasn't a "college-aged girl"-- she was 32.

And this matters, because...?

She was a student [but]...

No, just No. "She was a student." End of story.

She wasn't raped. She was not raped .

And no-one said that she was. She had her trust and confidence betrayed, which is what is at issue here. So who raised the strawman, again?

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