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Sun May 26, 2013, 04:51 PM

 

What Can Atheist Drama Teach Us About Harassment?

May 25, 2013
Posted by vjack at 8:06 PM

Ready for some atheist drama? Sure you are! At least this drama is relevant to something that has been and will continue to be important in the atheist community: how we define harassment. This is why I am sharing it and not merely for whatever entertainment value it may have.

If the concept of harassment is to be meaningful, it has to mean something more than "you did something I didn't like." If we insist of defining it this way, we render the word meaningless, and we make it more difficult for victims of actual harassment to get the support and assistance they need. To illustrate this point, brace yourself for the following tale.

Our story begins when Reap Paden posted a photograph of some of the Freethought Blogs gang, which had obviously been digitally altered to change the content of the signs the individuals pictured were holding, on the Slymepit. Justin Vacula then posted the same photo on his Facebook page, where Reap tagged some of the individuals pictured.

Next, Ophelia Benson left two comments on Justin's Facebook page:




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Sun May 26, 2013, 05:25 PM

1. One really great thing about the innertubes is how it allows us to take all those discussions

about who's a stupid poopie head now, and whether it bounces off me and sticks to you, to a whole new international level

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