The Easiest Way You Can Make the Internet a Better, Less Misogynistic Place
This video kicks more ass than magnetic boots in a room full of Cybermen. Just in case you're in a place where watching videos isn't an option, we have a young guy and a girl who is clearly passed out on his couch. The guy sets up a camera to show his "bros" what's about to happen to this particular slut in the miniskirt who is just begging for it, obviously. "It" is rape, in case subtlety isn't your bag.
Seconds later, he puts a pillow under her head, a blanket over her, pulls up a bedside table and leaves her a glass of water. He then looks at the camera and reminds us that real men treat women with respect. It's a quick, simple and undeniably wonderful message to my gender that needs to be more widespread. Kudos to the minds behind this work. I say Kickstarter the cash to run ads nationwide.
Unfortunately, it's also on YouTube, which means commenters. Hateful, misogynistic, vile commenters peppering the praise with hate and vitriol. Today, I'm going to teach you how to make the Internet a better place.
Scrolling through the comments, I found one particularly eloquent fellow. Selections include...
"A guy recently became a sex criminal(rapist) for having been near to a woman passed out, without evidence. No evidence or victims report is required for sex crimes. Murderers get away with 5-7 years for first offenses with no other consequences besides the jail term. Women almost never face jail if they murder men or children for any reason."
"This video is wrong anyway .Men become sex criminals for even doing much lesser things. Their list is managed by feminist organizations and not police or court."
"This is the reason why man should not respect woman. The goal of the feminist is a world where this is the rule. Women say soldiers are dogs and burn flag before the defense department and rule that veteran benefit is sex discrimination. And now they are on their course of destroying men."
So you're thinking, "Yeah, that guy's a turd in the punchbowl of life, but what are you going to do?" I'm going to do what I would do if someone shat in a bowl of my homemade mixture of Sprite and Sharkleberry Fin at a party; Throw Captain Assbomb the hell out, get a new bowl and pour more delicious punch for the rest of us. Rocks Off Gothic Council on Gothic Hate Crime
First things first. Next to each comment you have the option to give it a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. You need to give the offending comments a thumbs-down. If any comment gets enough thumbs-downs, YouTube automatically hides it. You can still see it if you click on it, but the majority of people will be blissfully unaware of it. This is a wonderful thing, and the easy part. Now here's the slightly hard part.
YouTube makes it very difficult to report assholes being misogynistic, racist, hateful, etc. With good reason, I know, because otherwise every butthurt in the world would flood its system whining. That said, it's not difficult to do so, and if we keep reporting such people for hateful comments, they get their accounts suspended. Sure, they can start another, but if enough of us continually call them on their punch-shitting, they'll keep getting suspended.
In the end, they'll either wise up or shut up, and frankly I'd settle for the latter. Here's what you do to report.
1. See horrible comment "Innocent till proven guilty doesn't apply in sex cases" (Actual comment).
2. Go here: http://www.youtube.com/reportabuse. Best to open in another tab.
3. Select type of abuse. In this case, "Hate speech against protected group."
4. Select group. In this case, "Gender."
5. Enter the offending user's YouTube URL. Best way to do this is just right-click the commenter's name, select "copy link address" and then paste it in the form. Note that sometimes the form really doesn't like the "http://www" part of URLs. If you get an error message, refresh and try again without that part.
6. You'll be able to cut and paste the URL of the video you saw the comment in. Do so and click "Find ____'s comments on someone else's video."
7. Select up to 20 comments to report.
8. You have to add an additional note at the bottom. Just say why you're upset, then click submit.
It looks a little complicated, but you get used to it. There's no reason to allow the kind of behavior you'd elbow someone in the jaw in public over to exist on the Internet. Doing this when you see offensive comments is the best way we can start weeding out the worst parts of online culture. Don't engage them. Don't argue. Just down-click their comments and report them to the machine. Every time you do, it's like headbutting a guy for saying, "You know, only one out of ten people are against gang rape!" That guy needs his headbutting, even on the Internet.
Though we applaud the actions of our friend in the video, please note that alcohol poisoning is a serious, potentially fatal condition. Before you walk off and leave the lady with her pillow and blanket, please read our A Survivor's Guide to Death by Vomit.
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