When One Website Gets it Right

2dRRjXVViolence against women has no place in our culture, and that extends into the virtual world as well.

Kudos to the online project fundraising site Kickstarter for recognizing that fact and issuing this apology after it allowed a female “seduction guide” to get funded through its site. The whole apology is good, but here’s an excerpt:

Dear everybody,

On Wednesday morning Kickstarter was sent a blog post quoting disturbing material found on Reddit. The offensive material was part of a draft for a “seduction guide” that someone was using Kickstarter to publish. The posts offended a lot of people — us included — and many asked us to cancel the creator’s project. We didn’t.

We were wrong…

Let us be 100% clear: Content promoting or glorifying violence against women or anyone else has always been prohibited from Kickstarter. If a project page contains hateful or abusive material we don’t approve it in the first place. If we had seen this material when the project was submitted to Kickstarter (we didn’t), it never would have been approved. Kickstarter is committed to a culture of respect.

In a web that is tragically overfull with sites that degrade and demean women, it’s nice to have at least one site choose to not perpetuate the problem. Bravo Kickstarter for getting it right.

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