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You raise some excellent points in this post. One of the things being missed in this entire #FtBullies debate is that not everyone questioning the positions of some feminist bloggers is a misogynist troll. I understand that these bloggers have been criticized and threatened by some vile trolls. It makes sense that they'd have a sort of siege mentality after awhile. But I am seeing them alienate many potential supporters by treating those who don't toe the party line as trolls. This lends credence to the accusations of bullying.
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I definitely agree about the misogyny problem. I'm not so sure about the other two points.
There is another side to the "tall-poppy syndrome," and that is that some object to the pompous and authoritarian manner of some who have achieved success (e.g., PZ). He has a reputation for quickly dismissing and insulting those who disagree with him, and I suspect this has as much to do with how people react to him as his success.
On the troll issue, I agree that this is a problem. I'm just not sure that it is quite as one sided as it sounds here. Just because someone disagrees with you or I does not make them a troll or a "hater." The community is indeed fractured, but I believe this comes from people on both sides of any divide refusing to acknowledge that they might be wrong and recognize their own biases. I'm not claiming everyone on both sides are equally at fault, but I fear we are making a serious mistake to become self-righteous and condemn those in our own community who disagree with us as trolls, etc. I'm not sure how adopting such a stance advances productive dialogue.
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