Friday, 10 February 2012

To cage fight, or not to cage fight: That is the question.

If you had told me when I started my blog that one day I would write about cage fighting my response would have been WTF!! But here I am, about to write about cage fighting and after this past week’s events it doesn’t seem strange at all.

For those of you not connected to the weird and wonderful world of defence spouses on Facebook, then let me educate you. Earlier this week a Facebook group was created called ADF Cage Fight for Spouses. The idea of the group is that spouses can have it out with each other or as the group description states “…Cage fights are to be called "call outs" as in, if you want to have it out with someone, you can call them out eg "Maddy you said shit about me and i want to call you out on it and explain why…"”. Within hours of it starting, the group had over 200 members and was a hot topic on every other FB group. Not surprisingly, the reactions varied greatly from some people thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread while others had the opinion that it was pure evil.

Rather than my usual rant telling you what I think, I thought I’d try and briefly summarise the debate from both points of view.

FOR - In most defence support groups you’re often unable to freely give your opinion without offending someone or incurring the wrath of a delete-happy Admin. This group aims to take all the “bitching” out of the support groups.

AGAINST - In an age where bullying in schools is a major issue it is concerning that adults, and in particular parents, participate in a group where this type of behaviour is encouraged.

Whichever side you choose to take, remember that you do actually have a choice. If you want nothing to do with it, that’s fine. If you want to get on and call someone out, I won’t stop you. Or if you just want to get on and have a sneaky look at what is being said, then off you go. It is just a Facebook group after all so we shouldn’t judge others by this one little choice.

Until next time,

C.

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