“The truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.”
Anti-free speech advocates celebrated when my subreddit, /r/NeovaginaDisasters, was banned yesterday. As we speak, male redditors are cheering as they revel in the misogynistic joy found in silencing women’s voices. There’s nothing better than making an uppity woman shut up, amirite? (Too bad I won’t stay silent!)
Anyway, as you’ve probably guessed, the subreddit ban was without justification – and so was my user account ban. Since people have asked what the circumstances were surrounding these bans, I thought I’d share. To summarize it quickly: my subreddit was banned without warning or explanation, and when I asked why, I was banned too. This highlights just how biased the Reddit admins actually are.
Of course, I’m sure that this won’t matter to our detractors. In fact, they probably get some kind of sick pleasure in knowing that we were banned without justification. It probably makes it better for them to know that we were kicked off solely for wrongthink and not for bad behavior. Nevertheless, I’ll share the story.
On Friday morning, I woke up to several private messages asking why my subreddit was banned. Of course, I had received no warning from the admins, nor did I even receive notification that the subreddit was banned.
I had never once received a complaint or a notification that we were breaking Reddit rules in any way. Male-dominated subreddits like /r/The_Donald or /r/AgainstHateSubreddits have been warned in such a manner. Apparently, the same courtesy is not extended toward women. I wonder why.
In any event, I sent in a request to the Reddit admins to ask why it had been banned and what could be done to unban it.
I wondered what response I would receive. I figured that it was a foregone conclusion that the subreddit would stay banned. The content never violated Reddit rules, so the admins could not point to any violating content.
That evening, I received my response – although it was not in the form that I expected. The Reddit admins provided no justification as to the subreddit ban, but rather, banned me in retaliation for even asking why.
Yes, that’s right – I was banned for posting content that supposedly “encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.”
Absolute BS, but let’s follow that link and see what we find.
The so-called “violent content” was found in a comment that I had made in response to a photo of a TIM brandishing a firearm and encouraging trans women to arm themselves with guns in a vaguely threatening tone.
What was my response?
Yes, that’s my comment that supposedly was “glorifying violence.”
Think about that for a second. This trans person brandishes a gun. I say that the difference between them and being a murderer is them having the opportunity to do that. I was criticizing violence, not supporting it. There’s no way that a rational person could possibly read this comment as supporting violence.
Of course, I pointed this out to them in a ban appeal which has thus far gone ignored. I am sure that I will never receive a response to it.
It looks like they received my request regarding my subreddit ban, and then went hunting in my post history to find anything they could possibly use to justify a user account ban – even though my comment had nothing to do with glorifying violence, and that’s an objective fact.
Laughable, but to be expected. Clearly, they wanted to find any excuse for banning me. I assume that the admins realized that they could never give a clear reason for why they banned /r/NeovaginaDisasters, so the only thing they could do is ban my account. Otherwise, I’d keep asking questions – and we can’t have a woman asking questions, can we?
Typical behavior by the Reddit admins. They like to pretend that they’re neutral and that they handle all cases appropriately and in line with the community standards, but that couldn’t be further from the case.
I’m not too broken up about it, although I find it pitiful and transparently misogynistic on the part of Reddit staff. So far, this blog has received more hits in the past day that I’d receive at /r/NVD in any random week – and I haven’t posted anything yet. We already have a far greater reach than we did on Reddit, and best of all – there’s no way for the anti-free speech crowd to censor us at this point.
I’d like to remind everyone that you can submit posts using the link above. I’d be glad to receive posts and continue the great work we’ve been doing since April. I’m sure that many supposed “trans advocates” would prefer that the complications of SRS simply be swept under the rug. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.
Just remember – the truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.