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Fear and Weakness

I have a really, really strong stomach. Much like the Seinfeld episode, I have a non-vomit streak that goes back into the 80s. But I came really, really close tonight after reading an email from Mogull, and following a link on his site to a recent entry from Kathy Sierra's blog.

Anybody who knows me knows that I'm a believer in humanity - I believe that people generally are good, smart and always try to do the best that they can with what they have at the moment. But sometimes, I find something that makes me question that belief. Kathy's post did that for me tonight. I'll leave it in Kathy's own words:

"I do not want to be part of a culture--the Blogosphere--where this is considered acceptable. Where the price for being a blogger is kevlar-coated skin and daughters who are tough enough to not have their "widdy biddy sensibilities offended" when they see their own mother Photoshopped into nothing more than an objectified sexual orifice, possibly suffocated as part of some sexual fetish. (And of course all coming on the heels of more explicit threats)"

Reading Kathy's story, I'm disgusted. But, more than that, I'm amazed that people could be so afraid of a brilliant and strong woman like Kathy. One thing I learned in the schoolyard - the bullies out there have two methods of attacking you. If they think that you're weak, they'll attack what you do and what you say. If they can't attack those things, they'll attack you personally (physically if necessary).

That these people could be so weak and fearful that, rather than taking it up directly with Kathy or attacking her ideas. To attack her with misogyny and threats on her life is pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

I hope that Kathy writes again. And I hope that the people who did this get the retribution that's coming to them. If a brave man (or woman) dies once, and a coward dies 1000 times, the morons who wrote this should probably be up there in the millions for the magnitude of cowardice that this shows.

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