(Trigger Warning: Extensive Discussions of Rape, Sexualized Violence Against Women, Assault, Racism,Transphobia, Ableism, Homophobia)
Did you know that passages within Reddit's User Agreement page cite that when participating in their online community, "You agree not to use any obscene, indecent or offensive language... [material must not be] defamatory, abusive, bullying, harassing, racist, hateful, or violent."? Did you know that this same page also claims that users must also "...further agree not to use any sexually suggestive language..." or post material that "encourages conduct that would conduct that would constitute a criminal offense."?
What about the following currently active subreddits makes the Reddit administration question as to whether or not these terms of agreement have been broken...?
r/rapingwomen: Readers that love rape.
r/beatingtrannies: Saying the word "Tranny" is the same as murdering a homosexual. It's true! Try it. Feels good, man.
r/SexyAbortions: Pictures of sexy abortions from your fap folder.
r/BeatingCripples: Post your favorite cripple gore! Discuss your hatred of the handicapped with like-minded individuals.
r/beatingwomen: Give and get advice on what to do about back talk. Share your favorite Irish sunglasses stories.
These categories are self-explanatory, but I guarantee you, whatever viscous material you've imagined lies within these pages, to see the real thing is much, much worse. It's physically sickening, and the worst of it is, "it's all in good fun"... I refuse to accept that, and I hope you won't accept it either.
Consequently, there are relating Subreddits that are grouped together with the afforementioned threads. However, r/painal, r/KillingWomen, and r/ChokeABitch show allegedly consensual, explicit, graphic sex acts that showcase one overwhelming theme - gritty fetishizations of sexualized violence against women.
What is Reddit administration condoning by surplussing these discussions with violent images and video? And don't be mistaken, they are condoning it. After reading the guidelines for how things are run over at the site, I learned moderators supervise each and every one of the Subreddits. Giving them the benefit of the doubt just for one minute, let's say, perhaps, they missed one (or all) of these pages by mistake But wait, each of these pages has a "Must be 18 or older" button to click and enter... and the moderators decide when and where to put those buttons.
So let me get this straight, the moderators saw this content, and deemed it acceptable to potential viewers as long as they click a button saying they are of age? Of age to do things like join the army and vote, not only discuss the violating of other individuals' humanity, but make a field day of it?
In the past several weeks, I have learned a lot about Reddit. For example, I learned that women's privacy does not matter. If she is in a public place, she is fair game. I have also learned that Reddit condones the idea that women are property (not just public property as previously shown, but flat-out propery, plain and simple), because this notion is headlined on the r/KillingWomen page.
The last thing I learned about Reddit, is that according to their own About page, they define "Reddit", as "a type of online community where users vote on content". Join me and we'll do just that... We'll put it to a Reddit! Please, sign this petition, and spread the word so that we can get rid of this content today, and ensure it stays gone tomorrow!
- CEO of Reddit
- Community Outreach Manager for Reddit
- General Counsel of Reddit
- General Manager of Reddit
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Reddit.
Remove Subreddits Promoting Violent Behavior and Severe Discrimination
Your site allows for, and supports dialogue surrounding topics of the worst kind, simply by sanctioning their existence. Rape, aggressive misogyny, transphobia, violence against women, racism, homophobia, and ableism, are just a few of the serious surrounding subjects which have been allowed to flourish in their own respective subreddits. I urge you to reconsider providing this space for these discussions, and all other subreddits that turn their cheek to respecting an individual or group's right to humanity, safety, privacy, respect, and agency.
These subreddits are nothing more than hubs for congregation and discussion geared towards belittling oppressed groups. Glorifying inhumane, illegal behaviors and horrific acts is what they do. These issues are not just harmless discussions on some web thread. On the contrary, they are real life for so many people, each and every single day - if not for you, perhaps for someone else on the Reddit team, or individuals who frequent your site. And for everyone, they are harmful.
I urge you to take action by removing these Subreddits, and not allowing others of a similar nature onto your site. I urge you not to be platform for that kind of hate, discrimination, and violence.
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