Ok, everyone, it’s Top Troll season again! We have rounded up some of the best of the worst comments from the past year, and will be publishing them for your amusement/horror. We’ll have a series of voting rounds where the trolls will compete against each other. Judge them however you like; I personally give points for style, (lack of) punctuation/proper grammar, inexplicable capitalization, magnificent use of stereotype, creative insult and degree to which the comment reveals the commenter’s status as a basement-dweller and/or sufferer of total soul-rot.
These are troll comments, so let it be known that they are not nice. They are almost universally sexist. Many of them are racist. Many of them are victim-blaming. They employ insults; those insults vary in both their creativity and crudeness. So if you do not want to hear about how feminists are man-hating c-words? I would skip this contest! If you think that troll contests just give trolls more attention and make some readers feel bad? Ok! That is your opinion, and I have heard it before, at least five times every time we do this contest. I have decided that I do not agree, and that the benefits of Feministe’s Next Top Troll (which, let’s be honest, mostly amount to “This makes Jill, and also some other people with perverse senses of humor, laugh”) outweigh the negatives. If troll contests and troll comments rub you the wrong way, please skip the Next Top Troll posts. They will all be clearly marked, so this will not be hard.
However, if mocking trolls makes you feel a little bit better about your life, or if you get tired of reading about how horrible feminists are and you would like to take a moment to mock the people who spend their days leaving comments on blogs about how horrible feminists are, and if you are genuinely able to laugh at the toads who sometimes drop by Feministe, then enjoy. The season will commence shortly.