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Liat Kaplan - "I was 'Your Fave is Problematic'"

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  1. chrysanth
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    It's endlessly frustrating to me that the person targeted for the harshest punishment was the one who was attempting to defend themselves. I don't necessarily think the blog was the right way to...

    So when I noticed classmates making sexist jokes on Facebook, including some about me, I started taking screenshots to post on a Tumblr called Calling Out Sexists.

    A group of students brought the blog to the attention of our school’s administrators, who threatened to take legal action if I continued to write about them.

    It's endlessly frustrating to me that the person targeted for the harshest punishment was the one who was attempting to defend themselves. I don't necessarily think the blog was the right way to go about it, but the resolution should have been one that addressed the sexist comments as well as the publishing of the blog, not one that involved intimidating a young teenage woman into submission by threat of legal action.

    My brain wasn’t ready for nuance. I was angered by hypocrisy and cruelty; what I did about it was apply a level of scrutiny that left no room for error. I’m not saying that I should be canceled for my teenage blog. (Please don't!) I just know what we all should know by now: that no one who has lived publicly, online or off, has a spotless record.

    Love to see this kind of personal growth!

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