Over the last week, Reddit's front page has erupted into a veritable geyser of menstrual blood, thanks to the trolling efforts of denizens of the site's female-focused subforums.
The problem started not with Eve's original sin, but with Reddit moderators' decision to make TwoXChromosomes a default subreddit. Default subreddits automatically appear on the front page of every Reddit user's homepage, unless those users specifically unsubscribe. For some subreddits, being made a default is good news; it means that many, many, many more eyeballs are on content posted to that specific forum. But other subreddits prefer the relative anonymity afforded by being able to fly under the radar. Users of TwoXChromosomes had particular reason to be alarmed by an influx of new members; while many users of Reddit are mild mannered normal dudes who aren't jerks (NOT ALL REDDITORS!), the site has a reputation of attracting a strain of sexist dick weedery that could have proven an unwelcome headache to women who rely on TwoXChromosomes for a sense of community, safety, and support.