What happens when the report button becomes a weapon against your own community?

I’ve been a part of the blogging community for a long time now and I’ve seen a lot, but the thing that upsets me the most is when I see members of the LGBTQI community using the report button to act out personal grudges to sabotage competitors and rivals accounts.

The Gay community is particularly good at attacking it’s own and I have seen and been on the receiving end of it many times.

Homophobia is deeply ingrained in many of the social media platforms we use. Take for example Instagram and Facebook. The arbitrary way in which gay content is often removed for feebly justified violations of community guidelines is obviously out of step with the ways in which those standards are applied to heterosexual content. I’ve seen many occasions when homoerotic artwork is removed but where straight pornography is consistently overlooked. A male butt in a thong is unacceptable but a female butt is.

A media which objectifies the female body and the problems many young girls face because of it is not to be minimised or overlooked. The point I am making in this post is that the system is set up in a way that punishes images of the male body and that members of our own community use that imbalance as a weapon to act out personal grudges.

People who tap the report button as a way of attacking people they don’t like need to think about whether or not they want to be a part of a system which hurts their own community and make a choice about whether or not they want to continue to enable and give justification to a culture of homophobia that damages all of us.

Sometimes it might be for a laugh, sometimes it might be to take a stab at an Ex. It seems like such and insignificant thing to do but in a world that already works against us do we really need to add our own jealousy and insecurity to the weight of a world that tells us pictures of two men kissing or that images of the males body need to be censored?

So next time you go to tap the report button just to make life a little more difficult for somebody spare a moment to think about what you are really being a part of and just move on instead.