Jane Austen on £10 banknotes? Good idea. Caroline Criado-Perez’s campaign to make that happen? Good idea. Twitter campaign to bombard her with rape threats? Not a good idea. Bad idea. Shitty idea. Horrendous, terrible, stinking, crap idea.
Women ought to be able to show their heads above the parapet without being punished for it by Twitter campaigns to bombard them with rape threats. It’s that simple.
The feminist campaigner who ran the successful bid to get a woman on British banknotes has revealed she has got “up to 50 rape threats an hour” on Twitter.
And prominent journalists, showbiz stars and politicians are rallying to support Caroline Criado-Perez, who runs the Women’s Room, threatening to quit the site if nothing is done to stop the abuse.
Criado-Perez said she had been getting the threats for almost 48 hours since the announcement by the Bank of England that it would put Jane Austen on the £10 from 2017.
Twitter does a really bad job of dealing with abuse.
Tweets to her account, many of which are too grotesque for publication, include one user who said: “Everyone jump on the rape train, @CCriadoPerez is the conductor.”
Another wrote: “Hey sweetheart, give me a call when you’re ready to be put in your place.”
A petition on Change.org has attracted almost 12,000 signatures, calling for Twitter to address the issue.
I’ve signed it.
Laurie Penny said a true thing in one tweet.
Germaine Greer once wrote that women have no idea how much men hate them. Thanks to the internet, now we do.
Really. Not all men, certainly, not men as such, but damn – some of them, a lot.
[Caitlin] Moran suggested many prominent Tweeters and supporters leave Twitter on August 4th, International Friendship Day, for 24 hours, in solidarity with Criado-Perez and victims of online abuse.
Ok, let’s do that. August 4th. Remember that.
Tony Wang, the general manager of Twitter UK said in a statement on the site: “We take abuse seriously and will investigate reports made via https://support.twitter.com/forms.
“We don’t comment on individual accounts, but we have rules which people agree to abide by when they sign up to Twitter. We take online abuse seriously and provide advice and guidance to our users.”
That is bullshit. No they don’t.
Criado-Perez told him so.