@believer258: Eh, why not report rather than ignore? Yes, playing into an argument with a fanatic may not go well, but sending their hatred to the authorities can't do anything but good. Ignoring bullying does not make it end. Responding to it specifically and eliciting consequences helps more, right?
@joshwent: While youtube is certainly something else, I refuse to believe doing nothing is the best option. Does anyone know how moderation actually works through google? Are there news stories about them actually moderating people based on hate speech? If nothing else, removing the post from my eyes and feeling like I made an effort is nice.
I'm also not sure that you are being a monster if you identify someone as their sex rather than their gender. Also at some point if we all hug and love each other, we will have to befriend the furry folks on the internet who truly believe they are at least partially an animalistic being. Not trolling here, honestly. If someone can mentally identify as something they physically are not, who are we to identify what is normal and what is strange?
Radical feminists are a very different group than average feminists. It's disingenuous to conflate them. That is an interesting article. Seems to me that just as it is illogical to think that sexuality is a choice, it is just as wrong to see a transgender person as choosing to be a woman or a man or any or no gender. We are as we are born in these things--sometimes it takes working through lots of life to understand who we are. It's hypocritical for those fighting oppression based on gender to oppress others.
Let's never use the term "white knight" again, yeah? It's a fake chivalry reference that implies every person standing up and supporting caring for others is trying to be important. It assumes selfishness where there is care and selflessness. It's an ugly term.
Simple rule as others have said: If another person is doing no harm to others or themselves by being who they are, then they deserve no judgment or dismissal from others. They deserve acceptance and love. If a furry gets into bestiality, that's harmful to animals. If they choose to dress up as Sonic and have consensual sex with another adult dressed like Tails, I see no reason to attack them.
There is no normal, not really. What we prescribe to be normal changes every year if not every minute. Normal is constantly progressing toward acceptance of all people. Why try to hold back progress?
- and - are considered hate speech? And voicing your opinion about his voice is harassment?
Yup, those are terms specifically created to denigrate someone for who they are--they look to belittle, dehumanize, and harm. If you tell another person that their voice is bad, you are certainly attacking an defining part of that person. We can criticize each other on legitimate, arguable grounds without being cruel.
The majority of commenters did that, criticizing or agreeing with Carolyn's arguments in the review. That's dialog, that's something to build on. That's not destructive.