Bitch on the Blog

April 17, 2017

Trigger happy

Bloody Hell. Never buck a trend.

I commented on some thread (national newspaper). Two sentences on MY personal experience re a woman’s issue. Clearly didn’t chime with other commentators, most clearly didn’t fit in with the paper’s agenda. Bingo. Deleted.

This is crazy making stuff. Two sentences, nothing offensive.

Well, not to put too fine a point on it: I am done.

Is this the world we are coming to? Take an eraser to you just because of … what exactly? Because you put an opposing view on a subject?

Never mind. My username has been taken for that of a man many times. Which (and here is one for Nick, the defender of damsels in distress) means I cause offence to other WOmen. The irony is so delicious as to make me smirk with amusement.



  1. In my book you are no damsel in distress for Sir Nicholas to come riding on his white steed to rescue from newspaper editors. You have this forum to let off all the steam you want and you can edit/delete whatever appeals to you. So, why don’t you simply state the background and your comments here so that your ardent admirers like me can comment one way or the other and take the chance of getting deleted / edited?

    Comment by rummuser — April 17, 2017 @ 14:20 | Reply

    • Well, St Nick does make certain issues relating to women the subject of many of his blog posts. Though do agree that to imagine Nick on a charger is stretching the imagination – but then Don Quixote fought windmills too. However, Nick can be relied upon to be good and willing enough to pass me some smelling salts on point of fainting.

      What a loss to mankind: Last night I wrote a most “witty” response to you, dissecting all my knights in shining armour (you who has never abandoned me or yourself, good old Looney who shows powers of endurance a saint would be proud of, the ever solid Mike (in mind, spirit and reasoning), Magpie who knows treasure when he sees it and is generous enough to share it, Shackman who would have been most pleased with my various observations about him). Alas, my musings about you all evaporated into the ether – and sometimes it’s best not to try and re-create that which is lost.

      Before my female readers send me packing on a donkey, you too shine in mighty armour and your so very perceptive comments. A subject I’ll come back to when I am not engaged in gainful employment as I should be this minute.

      The point of my post, my dear Ramana, wasn’t to complain or seeking my readers’ reassurance. The subject matter doesn’t matter, neither does whether two lines I penned in a jiffy get deleted or not. What amused me that it clearly didn’t fit the agenda. I didn’t even put so much as an opposing view as just pointing to a different experience (mine).

      As I said, my username, and maybe my style of writing, is such that many a time – both male and female co-commentators – think me male. Thus I have learnt that men really do have a tough time of it occasionally. You can’t say boo to a goose before being accused of being a macho swine. I can’t tell you how often other people’s assumptions about me make me laugh. And I often wonder (and know) how different a reaction would be if I were “assumed” female. It’s been, and is, an ongoing education.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 18, 2017 @ 08:11 | Reply

  2. I’m with Rummuser. Why the mystery? Tell us the details.

    Comment by Cheerfulmonk — April 17, 2017 @ 20:50 | Reply

    • There is no “mystery”, Jean. Please do read my reply to Ramana – paragraphs four and five.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 18, 2017 @ 08:13 | Reply

  3. Based on my scientific analysis of tens of thousands of comments left on the end of national newspaper articles, it is only the sane ones that get deleted. So relax.

    Comment by Looney — April 18, 2017 @ 03:31 | Reply

    • Thanks for the endorsement, Looney. I am not only “relaxed”, I am amused. Please do see my reply to Ramana to shed further light as long as the above post’s wilting battery lasts.

      Sanely yours,

      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 18, 2017 @ 08:17 | Reply

  4. Dissenting opinions are all-too-often disallowed in today’s world, it seems. Someone might be offended.

    Comment by Mike — April 18, 2017 @ 05:47 | Reply

    • You are right, Mike, and it challenges all I learned. There was a time, going right back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, when dissent meant discussion. Thrashing out ideas. Coming away enriched – even if not necessarily convinced.

      But to make a personal issue out of a differing point of view or an opinion offered? That’s not the way forward. That’s stagnating.

      You know what I am so happy about? The Angel (my son – now in his mid twenties) and I have the most refreshing discussions – his mind so questioning and inquisitive, his reasoning so challenging. No thought left unturned. Not, of course, that I ever expected anything else from my offspring. It’s great to see a hope not only come true but in action.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 18, 2017 @ 08:41 | Reply

    • What you said… exactly! Offenses are so easily taken nowadays, to the point of absurdity! Dawn… The Bohemian

      Comment by Bohemian Valhalla — April 20, 2017 @ 07:33 | Reply

  5. Seems people now cringe at the slightest hint of controversy, everyone has to think, act and believe EXACTLY the same way they do or it’s too uncomfortable for them. So long as someone isn’t being a Troll I don’t mind hearing an opposing or different viewpoint from my own… after all I could be wrong… they could be right… or it could be that we just agree to disagree which is not at all fatal! *LOL* Dawn… The Bohemian

    Comment by Bohemian Valhalla — April 20, 2017 @ 07:31 | Reply

  6. Fuggum U. It is fascinating that these days the right seems more willing to accept a dissenting voice and engage inn discussion. The left just the opposite. Odd since I was near Berkeley when the Free Speech Movement was born. What would Mario think???

    Comment by Chuck McConvey — April 22, 2017 @ 13:58 | Reply

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