Reddit is not having a good time. It became the talk of the internet when stolen nude photos of female celebs were posted and shared by its users. Now it’s under fire again for hosting another controversial board – a pro-rape forum which instructs readers on how to rape women and why it’s an important thing for society. For real.
The message board was set up just under two weeks ago and the creator has penned a welcome post which is essentially an explanation of the "very important function [rape has] in mitigating female behaviour and keeping it in check."
"Back in the time of prehistory, a woman couldn't behave as shamelessly slutty as she can today, because of the risk of catching the eye of the wrong male. But now, with 'consent' laws barring nature back, and feminism and sexual-liberation perverting whole generations of hearts and minds, we find ourselves in a situation gone way, way, too far."
The author continues, comparing women to children with "absolutely no boundaries and no discipline" before suggesting it is "for the good of society these women need to be raped."
However they’re obviously not talking about nuns or married women. Oh no. Just, "selfie taking, filthy, unmitigated, sluts." And in what’s potentially the worst sentence we’ve ever read, they add: "It's not only morally justifiable to rape such a woman, it's brave."
But it doesn’t stop there. "Philosophy of Rape" also claims to be the place that will teach you how to do it safely. Because safe rape is an actual thing, according to this guy.
The forum also includes message boards with titles such as ‘Rape boldly, rape bravely, But when you do it, rape safely!’ and ‘Study reveals female rape victims enjoyed the experience.’
At the time of writing this there are 64 subscribers, most of who joined last week. Perhaps the only silver lining in this horrific story is that majority of those subscribers, and commenters, are purely showing up to shut the board down.
"You hate women, but you are desperate for their attention. It must be hell inside your head," one user wrote. While another said, "Would you kindly care to elaborate on how in the seven circles of Hell raping another being is brave?"
One user even said they would be reporting r/PhilosophyofRape to the FBI for the thread.
While there are a few administrators who moderate Reddit, The Washington Post says "there are less than a dozen for a community of more than 3 million registered users." Which essentially means users are responsible for moderating themselves.
For the most part, users in this thread have done the right thing by reporting the content and pointing out the complete lack of logic in the arguments, as well as the probability that he’s might just be a troll.
However, when threads like r/watchpeopledie, a thread that features gruesome content and has nearly 45,000 subscribers, and r/PhotoPlunder, which publishes nude non-celebrity women, have been live for over two years, it begs the question: while these threads might not technically be illegal, should they really be allowed?
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