This morning reading babble, I came across a post by a regular referring to a woman as a bitch. He later deleted the reference. Sadly, I cannot delete how it made me feel.
When I read it, I felt a yawning hate, one that focused on someone's gender. It was like this babble member had slapped me in the face.
In another thread, one about sexual assault, there was a post linking to a porn site, asking which of the acts would count as rape.
In a third thread, one babbler told another babbler to "take it like a man."
I cannot adequately express how this cluster of three posts affected me this morning. I'm losing any hope that men as a group can move away from being so comfortable with casual misogyny that they don't even know what they are doing when they do it.
That's it for me and babble for the day, I think. I can go anywhere to cope with this level toxicity. My dream for babble was that we could develop something new.