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'This is not OK': Newfoundland newspaper uses front page to blast sexist 'trolls'
Bartlett said he was enraged by online attacks aimed at reporter Tara Bradbury. She was bombarded with nasty comments after writing an article about FemFest, a local feminist conference on domestic violence and other issues.

The St. John’s Telegram — which calls itself the People’s Paper — used its front page Friday to blast what it says is “a huge lack of respect” for female journalists and women in general.

Managing editor Steve Bartlett used the headline “This is not OK!” for his response to an uproar over the past several days.

Bartlett said he was enraged by online attacks aimed at reporter Tara Bradbury. She was bombarded with nasty comments after writing an article about FemFest, a local feminist conference on domestic violence and other issues.

“People are entitled to their opinion but I don’t think it needed to go to the level that it went,” Bartlett said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “That was what really upset me.”

A column Bradbury wrote about the subsequent abuse — and the national media attention that followed — made the backlash worse, he added.

Bartlett quoted some of the remarks by commenters, whom he described as “anonymous trolls and online arseholes.”

One said: “She’d make a good living in porn.”

Another: “We should never have given them the vote or personhood in the first place.”

“We wanted to show that as a newspaper, as a group of journalists, we totally are against this type of commentary and we don’t think it’s okay,” Bartlett said.

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Mary = not-safe

In this day and age I’m sure this is been said but, I gotta say,

Sherlock wants John to be safe.  He came back to life to keep him safe because he was not-safe.  Not-safe because of Mary,  

On the tarmac Sherlock and Mary say the equivalent of, ‘take care of him’, and, ‘no’, respectively.  Sherlock says, ‘keep him safe’, and she says, ‘you know he’s not safe with me’.  She’s wearing red: a colour signifying distress and danger (‘red alert’).  

If Sherlock leaves John with Mary, John is not safe.  Mary confirms this.  Her coat confirms this.  Sherlock immediately comes back because, ‘England’, needs him: John needs him.  He’s still in danger.

I realise that this is obvious to a lot of people.  It’s just that this exchange between Sherlock and Mary is often used to show that they’re now, ‘buddy-buddy’, when truly, nothing could be further from the truth,

Of course, this is cleverly hidden in this friendly banter: Mary knows that John likes to have adventures and she’ll keep him, ‘in trouble’, AKA entertained.  And yet, when someone says, ‘will you look after him?’, the expected answer is, ‘I’ll keep him safe’, not, ‘I’ll keep him in trouble’.  Now, this is why it’s, on the surface, a cute, witty thing for her to say: she’s intimating that they both know how John is, he likes danger, he likes adventures, etc.  She’ll take care of John in the custom way that they both know John requires.  

Except, there’s a very real thing going on here where he’s saying, ‘will you keep him safe’, and she’s saying, ‘no’.  As long as he is with Mary, John is not safe, he’s in trouble.  

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