This is all very true, Allison. I had a woman write me, saying I was a “chauvinist creep” after claiming she read my article “Do Men Really Like Women Squirting?” We had an exchange, mostly on the definition of chauvinism, then she admitted she hadn’t read the article. She came from “a night with the girls,” saw the headline, and decided I need a “talking to.” Comments online are easy, especially when you come home after drinking four martinis. You’re also pumped from the pervious conversation, which could border on militant after the second martini. In any case, as you say, commenting here is a lot easier than when we sent Letters to the Editor. Those were the days when we really made an effort (and we couldn’t swear). We also couldn’t do it drunk. Editors never accept anything that comes from drunkenness, which is why most journalists write books after they retire. They’ve got a lot of drunken articles saved up. We can’t knock “comments” too much, Allison. That’s how Medium survives. We have to live with it.

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