A few months ago I wrote a piece on bullying, relying, in part, on materials I had kept from my college days. Sadly, the material consisted largely of classroom handouts and hastily scribbled notes, and I used it, never thinking I'd be accused of anything but perhaps bad handwriting. Of course, here we are. The material in question did not have identifying information, so I used it as it was, thinking that making it available to others would be a good, rather than a bad thing (especially in light of the fact that I was using the material to bring a group of bullies over at FTB to task). I did not, and do not like that they are bullies (among other, less savory things they could be called).
For my part, I probably should have done a better job trying to run down the authorship information, however, at the time, I saw it as providing a public service, rather than anything else, and as such, didn't bother. Moreover, I'm just one of millions of bloggers, and until recently, did not consider myself, or my blog, to be 'professional' in any way. Though rest assured, I'm rapidly learning all that that entails!
The radfem contingents over at FTB, Skepchick, and the anonymous feminist troll who accused me of plagiarism (score one for the bad guys) would have you believe that I claimed expertise on the subject of bullying (which I never did), so they can pretend that my omission was a deliberate attempt to capitalize on the work of someone else--which couldn't be further from the truth--as evidenced by the fact that I'm writing this post (oh, and the fact that I make a whopping zero dollars from this blog). Still, here we are, and I suspect it's because I've become (almost completely without meaning to) a thorn in the side of the FTBullies and the Skepchicks.
As an aside: I suspect that, although doing me a service, anonymous feminist troll is one of those minions, since people with good intentions usually don't post anonymously.
As I've said before, we are none of us immune from mistakes, nor are we immune from behaving badly. I am guilty certainly of the former, however, I would dispute the latter. Still, the difference between 'us' and 'them', is that as adults, we can own up to our mistakes, whereas 'they' for the most part, don't. I also suspect that if I quietly went away, nothing more would be known about this, however, I've no intention of going away--my blog will continue, as will my commenting over at the slymepit.com. I've the intention of learning from my mistakes, and not repeating them. I also have the intention of not cowering in a corner while the irrational people of the world continue to undermine the efforts of those of us trying stop them from being the asshats they are.
As far as anonymous feminist troll, thank you for finding the information for me, I've incorporated the appropriate citations, and I welcome you as my newest follower! See, if you were seeking to discredit me, there you've failed. Ironically, every argument you and your ilk produced as to my supposed expertise, falls flat on its face, since the material in question was in fact written by experts, so anonymous feminist troll and Ophelia Benson, McCreight and the rest would have to take issue with the authors, not me, and all my initial critiques stand--since based on the expertise of the original authors.
Now, I have called you 'anonymous feminist troll' for lack of a better term (since you operate anonymously), but please understand that I know you have good intentions (though my suspicions might get the better of me from time to time). Therefore, knowing your allegiance to the truth, and the rooting out of plagiarism wherever you find it, I will rest securely in the knowledge that you're reading every single one of my posts, my tweets, and my comments, to safeguard me from again using material without proper attribution. I've learned my lesson, but still, I'm glad you're on guard! I mean, this wasn't just an attempt to discredit me, was it? You really do care about the truth, don't you? I look forward to your commentary. I would request, if you prefer to remain anonymous, that you preface each of your comments with 'anonymous feminist troll says', or some such. furthermore, I promise to always post your comments.
As for being discredited: here are some reasons why I know I'm not discredited by feminist troll. I made a mistake, he/she/it called me on it, and I've admitted as much, I've corrected it, and have learned a valuable lesson. Secondly, many people over at FTB have lied, misrepresented themselves and others, and are even now considering actual embezzlement of funds in the case of Thunderf00t. Over at Skepchick, Rebecca Watson lied about being asked for coffee in an elevator (no, it never happened. period.), and pursuant to that lie, has made a gross amount of money from web traffic, speaking engagements and the like, and has also used the falsified incident to malign all men as rapists, while indubitably poisoned the minds of the young women at Teen Skepchick with more radfem propaganda. In the grand scheme of things, dear anonymous feminist troll, I wouldn't claim the moral high ground. Nor would I do so unless you're out there keeping all bloggers honest, because anything less than assiduous policing of all blogs, by you, is to admit that you targeted me specifically.
I have learned quite a few valuable lessons, and my followers and fans can rest assured that I'm not going anywhere. I don't want to cash in on a bullshit book, so I'm not flouncing. Don't confuse me with Jen McCreight.