Misunderstandings on MyLot - and international communities
June 26, 2007 6:35am CST
I have seen a few discussions on MyLot recently where someone has responded to a discussion saying there were shocked or offended by what the question was about. However, it seemed that they had completely misunderstood what the person starting the discussion was asking. I know sometimes the languagae barrier can cause problems - not all people on MyLot have the same level of ability, but is it the cultural divide too hard to overcome for a community like this? Are we so different in our views and values that we will always struggle to respect each others views. For example - in a recent discussion about rape - it was mainly men from Asia who said that it was the fault of the woman. People from Europe and the US were more likely to say that it was not woman's fault. The discussion grew very heated but with such entrenched views can we ever agree?
• United States
26 Jun 07
I know what you mean. I have not visited the discussion you are mentioning. But I started a discussion about something very similar. It was about abortion and how people on mylot get so insulting when this discussion comes up. Yes people are going to have different opinions. That is why it is called an opinion. So I really wish people could just get along in these heated discussions. Yes, not everyone is going to agree on everything, but geez there are feelings involved so be a little bit more polite when responding. Am I right?!
• Maribor, Slovenia
26 Jun 07
I agree with you there but I was more thinking of perhaps people from other countries misunderstanding humour or an expression and then being upset by it. For example, I have seen some men say quite degrading things about women (in my opinion) on Mylot - things that most American or British men would not say. I think that in some Asian countries women still have a long way to go to get equality but many Asian men do not realise they are insulting ALL women when they say these things.