Kate via Twitter

Be sure to read the comment thread on Twitter.

Beware of Trumpists mouthing psychobabble

Received by a friend on FB:

“You’re projecting your lack of confidence in men, in general, which translates into your own insecurities, onto a man who is innocent of whatever other disappointments other men put you through, & he has, & is doing, & will continue to do a monumental job, for America. You can’t see that, which is evidenced by his accomplishments in hundreds of ways, in less than three years, because you’re enslaved by personal bitterness, & cognitive dissonance.

“Bitterness towards men is not a solution to the issue, it is the sedative you employ to assuage the pain of your fears & insecurities, & inhibit your ability to see, accept, & ultimately love any human as they are… as being only human.”

A suggested response to this canned nonsense (from Billy Madison):

“What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone [on Facebook] is now dumber for having [read] it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Tip o’ the hat to Christy and Brian!

What was that all about?

MenareJerks.com has never been about hate speech. The idea was largely tongue-in-cheek to start with and, aside from letting a few people share their (usually justified) rants, has mostly focused on pro respect for women and pro self-esteem building topics … and occasionally pointed out some jerky behavior. Facebook elected to delete a smallish (261 likes), four year old page connected with this site because of their “community standards”… I guess they failed to get that “jerk” really has a range of meanings. Other than calling Rick Perry a jerk … mild talk about Rick in Texas … it never got stronger than that. The Facebook page was somewhat more actively updated than this site and its posts referenced stories from the Washington Post, Hooking Up Smart, Time and other credible sources. The “rants” were never published on Facebook.

So, Facebook … please remember that free speech is nuanced and delicate … hate speech is not. You didn’t find the latter on that page. And keep in mind Ralph Waldo Emerson’s saying that “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

Oh, yes … and on the largely free and open Web, we’re still here. Facebook can keep its “walled garden.” If anyone wants to see what was on the Facebook page, I’ve got some screen shots. Thanks.