Women gossip. Everyone accepts that. Women gossip at the office, at the hairdressers, on the way to the mall, and whenever some bitch cuts you off in her big front wheel drive SUV while yakking it up on the cellphone, you know she’s gossiping. Maybe about some celebrity, maybe about her neighbors, maybe about her own husband’s penis size and how he can’t get it up for her 400 lb ass. But you know they gossip.
And they don’t catch flak for it. Any more than birds catch flak for pooping on our cars. Its as if we know that they are mental midgets and can’t be held accountable for little things like ruining someone’s reputation.
But men, oh men are held accountable. Boy oh boy they sure are. Woe betide the man who doesn’t realize that only women have carte blanche to act as they please.
Take this guy for instance. He wrote some bad stuff about his ex-girlfriend on the internet, and now guess what, he’s going to jail.
I read about a few websites a while back where women go exclusively to bitch about their exes. They are encouraged to post photos, call them jerks and worse and spread rumors about them. I forget the name of the biggest, most famous website right now, but maybe a reader can remind me. If I search google I see a woman who wishes she could get her ex “whacked” whatever that means, but I’m guessing it would be illegal if a man had written that. Aren’t thinly veiled death threats illegal in all states? (PS: The typical female removal of responsibility strikes again – she wouldn’t “whack” him herself, but have him whacked.)
Ever heard of a Colorado woman arrested for posting on that website? Heck, even on craigslist? Anyone? Bueller?
Here’s the full story:
Trash Your Ex On Craigslist, Go Directly To Jail
After a fight with his girlfriend, J.P. Weichel of Loveland, Colorado thought he could blow off some steam by writing nasty things about his ex on in the “Rants & Raves” section of Craigslist. Maybe that makes him a jerk, but under a Colorado criminal libel law, Weichel faces up to 18 months in prison.
AP: The case began when a woman told Loveland police in December 2007 about postings made about her between November and December 2007. Court records show posts that suggested she traded sexual acts for legal services from her attorney and mentioned a visit from child services because of an injury to her child.
Police obtained search warrants for records from Web sites including Craigslist before identifying Weichel as the suspect. Weichel shares a child with the woman.
Weichel, confronted by detectives at his workplace in August, said he was “just venting,” according to court records.
The Colorado law bans statements “tending to blacken the memory of one who is dead” or that “impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue, or reputation or expose the natural defects of one who is alive.”
We’re not lawyers, but we’re going to assume if you can be prosecuted for badmouthing someone on Craigslist, you’re just as liable for behavior on MySpace, Facebook, a WordPress blog, or anywhere else online. Libel is usually a civil matter, unless you live in one of the handful of states (like Colorado) with a criminal libel statute on the books.