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PidgeyfinderGeneral Mon 13-Mar-17 22:41:56

Please can we have some clarification about what MN (or probably more specifically, certain MN posters) consider as ageism?

I've just gone to reply to a thread about an older man potentially harassing a younger woman in a swimming pool, only to find that it has been removed because of reports of ageism.

I'm sorry, but what the actual fuck? The OP mentioned a man in his 60s. I do not see how that is ageist. She was stating a fact as she saw it. The only derogatory part of her post was the suggestion that he was perving at younger female swimmers, which was pretty much totally unrelated to his age.

I agree that we shouldn't be ageist, but I don't feel that trawling every thread which mentions an older person to look for something which might be considered ageist is productive. Unless this particular thread was a troll, it could have actually been a useful place for women who have been harassed while exercising.

PidgeyfinderGeneral Mon 13-Mar-17 22:42:45

And FFS I spelled ageism wrong in the title. FML.

paxillin Tue 14-Mar-17 08:32:33

I've just gone to reply to a thread about an older man potentially harassing a younger woman in a swimming pool, only to find that it has been removed because of reports of ageism.

You've gone on a thread about a swimmer in his 60s taking a break and looking at a woman for one minute. Only the OP called him a pervy old git. I don't think a further explanation about what MN considers ageism is necessary. Well done HQ on taking that one down in 22 minutes.

magimedi Tue 14-Mar-17 09:28:01

Whether or not he was being a pervy git I don't know.

But you would not accept someone writing pervy muslim/black/gay git, would you?

His age had nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the thread.

I too was delighted to see how fast the thread was removed.

paxillin Tue 14-Mar-17 09:40:44

And the woman was quite unaware he even looked. OP watched him watching. Maybe he'll come on MN and start a thread about a pervy young git.

ilovesooty Wed 15-Mar-17 23:11:27

Another one here who'd like to thank MNHQ for taking it down so quickly.

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