Women, Male Geeks, And Reddit, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 1 2012 @ 10:15am

A reader writes:

This assumption that Reddit has a particular culture, and that that culture is hostile to women, is false. It's just not true. Look at that thread you linked to: It's full of registered Reddit users discussing the perils of male privilege. I've seen TONS of feminist opinions on Reddit in the several years I've been on the site. I've seen very sensitive guys be very nice to girls. I've even seen rape victims get great advice, such as "call the police" and "seek therapy" and "don't blame yourself".

The point isn't that there's no sexism on Reddit, or even that it's not prevalent. The point is that reducing a complex social ecosystem to a stereotype of a virgin neckbeard sexist is no better than reducing all women to the stereotype of stuck-up, entitled, frigid shrews.

In other words, it's exactly the sort of thing that writers with no real understanding of their subject matter routinely do, whether the writer is a sexist, geek commenter on Reddit, or a militant feminist writing for Jezebel who has never spent even a week reading Reddit every day.

Also, how come the negative experiences of men don't count the same as the negative experiences of women? It seems to me that, because certain women have negative experiences with certain men, they feel justified in writing negative things that sum up "men" as a whole. That's just fine. But geeks on Reddit, who largely have been ignored and laughed at by women since middle school, are sexist and out-of-line when they take to an anonymous Internet forum to vent that frustration. Isn't this the exact sort of double-standard that equality's champions purport to deplore?