I love a bit of controversy in the morning! (I find it’s served best with a bucket of popcorn). And this morning, I found more than just a little on everyone’s favorite place to rant: Facebook.
Now, before I go any further, let me say this: this is not a post about abortion. This is not a post in which I talk about why we need abortion and why we need women’s rights. This is a post about something much greater that I feel, regardless of opinion on controversial topics, we all can agree on.
That being said, I present to you all the post that I read this morning (now would be a good time to grab that popcorn)…
Oh yes. Just a tad controversial. Normally, anti-choice posts wouldn’t bother me too much. I see them all over facebook and consider them to be harmless. This, however, is far from harmless. This is not a conversation about abortion, this is a conversation about tolerance. I think that in this fight to be right we as humans often forget about our humanity. We forget that when we are calling someone a “bimbo” for expressing an opinion, we are calling a large group of people idiots. I’m all for heated, fact-based debates, but I have no respect for someone who is all about bashing someone else’s opinion while offering no justification of their own besides “I’m right, you’re wrong.“
What makes this worse, in my opinion, is that this young woman states that this was what she said to someone while giving feedback on their class assigned paper. The person who wrote the post is a college freshmen and was peer-editing someone’s work. Personally, I don’t believe in peer-editing at all since it is never taught well and proves (in my experience) to be unhelpful and annoying. This post further proves my point. The assignment was to write an opinion paper on whatever topic you would like. When this student wrote about being pro-choice, however, they were attacked and the quote “It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool rather than open it and remove all doubt.” -Mark Twain, was thrown in their face. Now, I’m not one to point fingers, but I think the young woman who posted that status needs to marinate over that quote too.
Of course, because I’m Willa, I had to respond, so here’s what I said…
But now I’d like to know what you all think. We all know about freedom of speech, the ability to post basically whatever we want online, and the lack of respect on facebook in general, but I want to know what others think about tolerance regarding opposing opinions. It’s pretty clear that I think opinions (and people) should be respected during debate and that other people should not be posting offending statements such as this online. However, that’s only my opinion.
With that, I will leave you with this: does bashing someone else’s ideals and calling them an idiot make your ideas and arguments any more valid? Is there a line that was crossed (either by me or this young woman)? And does peer-editing actually help with anything? Shoot me an email or leave me a comment letting me know what you think.