|Clachan Yell Looking North towards the summit of Clachan Yell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
What would it look like to defend someone being hit with such a dogpile? In the case of alleged sexism, one line of defense might be to argue that what the target said was not sexist. This might involve providing an alternative interpretation of what the target said in order to make the point that the statement, while perceived as sexist by some, may not have been intended that way and/or may not be perceived that way by many others. In essence, the person using this defense would be gently suggesting that the statement had been misinterpreted by the outraged. Of course, this defense might involve a more direct challenge of the claim that what the target said was sexist. Such a defense could flatly deny that there was anything even remotely sexist in the original statement. The point in both cases would be to challenge the notion that the statement was sexist.