I’ve never been one to give a lot of credence or attention to cries of “sexism.” While it certainly exists, I’ve encountered too many situations where that charge — much like “racism” — is used to excuse the personal failings of the person, or attacks where the factor is something about the person herself or himself, and their race or sex is simply irrelevant.
But every now and then, I start to see things that give that attitude of mine a good shaking.
This is one of those times.
Raven is the blogger behind “And Rightly So!,” and a fellow New Hampshirite. She’s been around a while, and she’s recently had to start moderating comments because of the sheer venom and bile that’s being tossed at her. And she followed that up with a link to another blogger being assailed similarly.
In all modesty, Wizbang is a bit more prominent than And Rightly So. I’ve been blogging for well over three years, and our readership is significantly larger and our profile that much higher. And I can’t recall EVER getting that kind of response.
In fact, it reminds me a bit of the sort of thing Michelle Malkin deals with on a regular basis. And what a surprise — all three of them are women, and I’m not.
In fact, the only male bloggers I’ve heard of getting that kind of threats and assaults are those who regularly took on Islamists (Charles Johnson, Rusty Shackleford, Laurence Simon) and — the odd one here — Jeff Goldstein, who found himself the target of a psychotic woman’s rage.
So, what do I need to do to get that kind and level of attention? I’ve often described myself as “a nobody from nowhere with a nothing job and no life,” so it’s not like there’s a great deal that nuts can do to threaten me. And with my “white knight” complex, I kind of like the idea of taking some of the heat being tossed at my distaff colleagues.
Bring it on, nutcases and whackjobs. Let’s see what you got.