“You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.”—
—Erin Ryan, re: criticism of Hillary Clinton’s appearance (via Jezebel)
A Correction (And A Letter to an MRA-Afflicted Netizen)
Someone markedly more Tumblr popular than me reblogged my post, and the notes started to roll in… 150, then 500 - there were 700 a few hours later when I logged in again. I was surprised, and even though one of my only resolutions for 2013 was “don’t read the comments!” - I wanted to see how many people had liked and shared what I consider a very important sentiment regarding appearances.
And then, I accidentally clicked on a link; a reblog, with this added onto the end of it:
“Maybe if women would put less of their egos into their looks, it wouldn’t matter so much you stupid, manipulative bitches.”
Did your head explode after reading that? Because mine sure did.
Of course this is the entry I accidentally click on! Out of all the reblogs on all the Tumblrs in the widespread Inter-world, I would click on the one that includes a response from an internet troll.
Mad as hell, I found myself reading this kid’s ‘About’ page. (Yes, 21 makes you a kid to anyone 5 years older than you - get over it.) Of the choice bits of information he chose to share, here’s the parts that stood out:
I’m 21, Male, I have a twin sister named _____, and I’m Straight. I go to [a local community college] currently, but I’m deffo gonna transfer. I’m a Men’s rights Activist.
I was ready to fire off with an angry rant - and then the internet’s new favorite adage “Don’t feed the trolls” came to me. So I closed the post without saving it, sure that I could let go of the anger it stirred up in me. Except then I tossed and turned all night, unable to dismiss something as insignificant as a run-on sentence someone I don’t know posted on the internet.
I’m not even going to get into why the whole “men’s rights activist” thing is offensive, because the worst part of about it is that it proves this is the kind of person I can’t argue with. Nothing I say will change someone like that’s mind. Initially, I wanted to shame him — shame serves as a fantastic vehicle for making humans realize the error of their ways. But then I considered another sentence from his profile, the one about his twin sister.
Instead of embarrassing him, or saying a bunch of things about the nature of concepts behind the “Men’s Rights Movement”, I’ve written this guy a letter he’ll never read.
So Called Social Media Specialist Erin Ryan supports "Dolphin Pool of Death"
Photo provided by Benjicarter, “Death Pool of Death” at the Mirage
Erin Ryan, blogger and so called social media specialist known as TheErinRyan on Twitter, has underestimated the world of Social Media. With over a million supporters of dolphins and whales attempting to end captivity and the dolphins drives in Taiji Erin Ryan has the nerve to friend the Facebook page “The Cove” and Academy award winning documentary that denounces the captive dolphin industry, and dolphin drives of Taiji. “Every time you swim with dolphins, go to a marine park or aquarium you support the mass slaughtering of dolphins, and the captive dolphin industry where today 1000’s upon 1000’s of dolphins are being abused in small cement pools. Her article “Drinking the Dolphin Kool-Aide and ad for the Mirage’s Well Known “Dolphin Pool of Death” she touts her wonderful experience that takes place in one of the worst pools on the planet. Please follow the link and learn more about this blogger that seems to lack any ethical judgement. http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2011/nov/30/drinking-dolphin-kool-aid-mirages-trainer-day-attr/
- Self Proclaimed Social Media Expert Erin Ryan Supports Mirages, “Dolphin Death Pool” (championsforcetaceans.com)
- Taiji the City of Dolphin Tears (championsforcetaceans.com)
- Dolphin Blood Continues to Spill In The Cove (championsforcetaceans.com)
- Dolphins Fought Bravely for Their Lives (championsforcetaceans.com)