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Another Take on the B@B Poster

A recent alum writes in:

Like any reader of The D or of Dartblog, I found the B@B posting to be repulsive — but I think both you and Munafo make a similar error in trying to classify such material as indicative of anything specific about Dartmouth College instead of recognizing it for what it is: anonymous, Internet trolling of the “seduction expert” variety. That writing doesn’t have anything in common with the off-color jokes and banter of a fraternity basement — indeed, I would be amazed if the student who wrote it is anything but a freshman, a fact supported by the singling out of a freshman girl as the object of his attraction.

Most people that have happy, well-rounded, productive, or even just socially connected lives never go to such places as: (Reddit’s “Seduction” community) (” Discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men.”)

or the far more depraved, anonymous and similar — but these are places where young, sexually frustrated men and boys attempt to unlock some secret code with women, and often write creepy, unbelievable tales of their conquests.

Many others on the same anonymous forums parody and mimic the style of language, often to the point that it is indistinguishable from the real thing — they do this because young teenage men and boys have always found it funny to shock and disgust, and if they can do it anonymously, all the better. Most people who frequent anonymous comment boards know not to feed such trolls — you’ll notice the screenshot only shows two downvotes.

I agree that the young man who wrote that should be found and disciplined, and that the College should do everything it can to protect young women from that kind of attention. But this says nothing about Dartmouth College, and everything about young men that spend too much time alone at a computer instead of out in the world. They exist in Dartmouth’s freshmen dorms, and in every city and town in the world.


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