I recently found an email from medium.com regarding my response to this post
which essentially argued that it’s acceptable for companies like Gillette to target men with bigoted stereotyping, and it’s totally different from negative stereotyping of other groups, because political correctness.
I responded with a post of my own, much shorter and more blunt parody of writer Ian Mulkeen’s logic. Mulkeen was apparently so butthurt over having had his thought process criticized that he flagged the post as harassing and graphic, and Medium suspended it in response.
According to the email I received:
Medium Support email@example.com
I am writing in regards to your post on Medium.com:
We have determined that your post is in violation of our Rules (https://medium.com/policy/medium-rules-30e5502c4eb4) and has been suspended.
– Gratuitously graphic media
Repeated violation of our rules may result in additional suspensions, decreased distribution of your posts, and potential suspension of your account.
Medium Trust and Safety
My response is to point out that you can’t get rid of it that easily, so here is the post itself:
To rephrase your own words:
It’s not all that controversial to say “hey, don’t be a baby killer”.
If you feel like this is attacking you, well either you *are* a baby killer and probably shouldn’t be, or you aren’t and are feeling needlessly persecuted. If I stood on a soapbox outside a grocery store and ranted about how terrible people who kill their babies and put them into dumpsters are, would you be offended? Baby dumping is almost exclusively perpetrated by women (over 90%), but when you hear someone “ranting” about how terrible the dumpster baby phenomenon is, you don’t get upset and assume they’re talking about you, do you?
Now, there’s really only two possibilities there: Either you don’t think infanticide is an issue, so you don’t have an opinion on it, or you’re not a baby killer, so you know I’m not talking about you…
So I offer you this as one possible reason for the disconnect here:
Is it, perhaps, the case that while we live in a society that largely, mutually agrees that the dumpster baby phenomenon is bad — the same cannot be said for “toxic femininity”?
You have no business being offended or even arguing that this is not the same, or you’re sexist, right? That’s how this works, according to your post, so it’d be hypocritical of you to have a different response than “That’s fair.”
On a side note… we only have safe-haven abandonment laws because our society doesn’t want to deal with the fact that young women who don’t want to take responsibility for their own reproductive control will give birth, kill their babies, and commit gross abuse of a corpse by literally treating it like trash.
As you can see, the email is quite scarce on detail and offers no possibility for an appeal. It appears the process was automatic and is irreversible.
I have replied to Medium with a request for further explanation as to, specifically, what makes the statements in the post “harassment” that wouldn’t make the writer’s original post equally objectionable, and what details of the only image in the post make it “gratuitously graphic.”
I don’t expect a response, but thought it interesting that Medium is using their harassment and graphic image policy to silence criticism of the logic corporate entities are using to negatively stereotype men based solely on their sex.
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