I found lots of people unwilling to even take seriously arguments from people they didn't agree with. There was not enough listening and too much yelling.
Or you could even just ignore it. You can escalate the fight or turn down the heat. In many cases the commenter just used a poor choice of words and may not have realized that he/she might spark strong reactions. A big step towards toning down the strong words is giving people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the guy was trying to be dick, maybe that's his/her way of expressing himself. Why asssume the worst of everyone? Intentions do matter.
Sure it's fun and they practically set themselves up for it sometimes but what's the point? It's part of the whole don't be a dick thing. And if you just can't resist send it privately or wait a few hours and see if you still feel the urge.
My goodness, how awful! :)
posted by SuperFly at 1:48 PM on January 29 [+] [!]
My dog was killed. Also my cat. :)
posted by TacosAllTheWayDown at 1:48 PM on January 29 [+] [!]
Hey, you know how I'm apparently your friendly neighborhood irrational/uptight/bitchy feminist? Well, my Batsignal is going off. 'Cause I'm bitchy/uptight/irrational/out to ruin your fun. And I don't like conversations that are all about the hilarious inevitability of adults ogling some lady's rack.