Monday, May 26, 2008

Can we take unacceptable behavior x seriously now?

I hate the "look, it really is serious" post that attempts to prove the seriousness of a really crappy phenomenon when an exceptionally crappy case pops up. If the criteria for taking, say, harassment of women seriously is that someone gets killed by a scummy stranger, then no, we can't. These things don't happen very often, luckily. Catcalling is notacceptable even when it does not end in murder. Bad behavior doesn't become acceptable when worse behavior exists.

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