Originally posted by bill718
Abuse on the internet is much the same as abuse in our society. It's regrettable, it's wrong....and it's LIFE. We can change our usernames, turn off our accounts, and still be exposed to some of this. I don't want to sound like an old fuddy duddy, but 40+ years ago when I was a teenager we faced a different kind of abuse. If a bully wanted to walk up to you ...[text shortened]... eatened just as much as ladies. So ladies, you want equality? Welcome to equality! . 😲😲😲😲😲
"Abuse on the internet is much the same as abuse in our society."
no it's not. if you stalk someone "in our society", if you make death threats, rape threats, you face criminal charges.
"It's regrettable, it's wrong....and it's LIFE."
murder threats are part of life? do we let car crashes slide in "LIFE" ? don't we seek out why they happened, who is responsible? don't we make laws to try and prevent them?
"We can change our usernames, turn off our accounts,"
today online presence is a requirement. erasing it is not an option.
"I don't want to sound like an old fuddy duddy"
but you will
", but 40+ years ago when I was a teenager we faced a different kind of abuse. If a bully wanted to walk up to you and punch you in the face, he did! You either learned to use your fists, or you took the abuse as part of your day"
until some realised that's moronic and barbaric and enforced laws regarding this abuse.
"When I was beaten on several times in school, my parents reaction was: "Better learn to toughen up, boy!" "
great advice. the past was great. such wonderful segregation, lack of vaccines, police brutality, no access to information.
"Our teachers didn't care about any of this as long as it didn't disrupt class."
at this point it occurred to me that i can't mock every sentence in your post since they are all pretty much the same: "Horrible stuff happened in the past and fixing it made us weak. If horrible stuff happens today, tough luck"
"I don't approve of online abuse, and I especially don't approve of it against females, but I can assure there are far worse things in life than a threatening tweet."
yes, one shouldn't complain about living in constant fear for one's life because there is someone else who is slightly worse off.
"Now, I am sure I'll face some slamming retort by Duchess for my insensitive attitude, "
from me as well and from anyone with a smidgen of common sense
"but the fact is there is only so much that can be done in this area"
especially true if one doesn't want to bother
"It may come as a shock to many here, but guys get threatened just as much as ladies"
i am not shocked because it is not true. it is the tired moronic argument that "men have it just as bad as women" "whites are just as discriminated against as blacks" "christians are under attack" etc.
i am not even shocked that i must change my opinion of you. i thought you were decent but right now i can't remember why.