Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

brutal honesty

Because some friend of mine - sorry, I no longer remember who! - subscribes to it, I took  a look at brutal_honesty and signed up. I thought it would be a good place to reveal some of the dark things about me. I have discovered that it's a mean group, ready to go on the attack at the slightest provocation. I have to admit that in contrast to feminist, where every other word is "triggering" (as in "the following piece may be triggering, so I put it behind a cut..."), I prefer the bluntness of brutes to the hypersensitivity of this particular group of feminists. Perhaps I should be posting this to brutal_honesty, now that I think about it...

The secrets revealed in brutal_honesty draw me in. Some are truly mundane, others are simply confessions of some sort of racism or other type of intolerance. Then there are the really honest and seriously private posts, which are rare. It isn't an open community. You have to sign your life away to join, and promise forever not to reveal what you've read there. I am not revealing anything specific here, of course.

What gets interesting is that everyone responds. There are frequently responses heading toward double digits, and not all are mean, of course. One poster confessed that being a part of the community has made him or her meaner in real life, which made me think and laugh. Perhaps that's the real attraction. It makes me laugh.

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