Dominating domestic violence discussions

There is an emerging pattern unfurling in the comment section of domestic violence-related articles posted to Facebook. Men are rushing in droves to their gender’s defence, writes Emily Sakzewski.  I once saw a tweet that said, “never read the comments of articles posted to Facebook”. Yes, I thought, I completely agree. No one should subject themselves to being caught up in the infuriating discussions had in the Facebook comment section. My advice? Avoid reading them at all costs. Unless, of course, it is your job.  As a social media manager for a news organisation, it is your job to post news articles on Facebook and that role also involves monitoring the comments section to ensure that the conversation does not breach any of your employer’s guidelines. Generally this includes blocking trolls, deleting spam, and sometimes hiding comments that attack other users, or that are so obscene they are counterproductive to the discussion. The scourge of domestic violence incidents continues to plague Australia. Every week, there seems to be a news story about a woman who has been assaulted, raped or killed by a man she knows. For some reason, men seem to be the more vocal commentators on domestic violence articles posted to Facebook. While many are empathetic to the article, the first thing most men seem to take from the story is not that a woman has been brutally bashed by her ex-partner, or not that a women has been killed by her husband. The first thing they seem concerned about is how the news affects them as men. Comments along the lines of, “not all men are...