Jul 27 2013

When you’re ready to be put in your place

Criado-Perez wrote a piece for the New Statesman on the rape-threats campaign.

On Wednesday the 24 July, the Bank of England made the historic announcement that, in response to over 35,000 people signing a petition, they were confirming Jane Austen as the next historical figure on banknotes.

“this Perez one just needs a good smashing up the arse and she’ll be fine”

Even better from my perspective, the Bank of England also agreed to institute a review of its criteria and procedures, admitting that its current processes were inadequate if they wanted to live up to promote equality.

“Everyone jump on the rape train > @CCriadoPerez is conductor”; “Ain’t no brakes where we’re going”

The day was overwhelming. Press from all over the world were getting in touch, wanting to talk about the power of social media, and how ordinary people could take on a huge institution and win.

“Wouldn’t mind tying this bitch to my stove. Hey sweetheart, give me a shout when you’re ready to be put in your place”

See what she did there? The good stuff alternates with the stupid, vicious harassment.

This has been my life for the past three days: a mixture of overwhelming pride at what we can achieve when we stick together – and overwhelming horror at the vehement hatred some men still feel for women who don’t “know their place”.

Maybe they’re not men, maybe they’re all boys, too young and unformed and clueless to think clearly about what they’re doing. But it’s still worth noticing that that’s what they do with their youth-based stupidity.


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  1. 1

    You missed the best part:

    Let’s start feeding the trolls. Let’s start shouting back, and show them that we’re not going away, that we won’t be defeated. Let’s take them on. And let’s win.

    I’m amazed at how quickly the “don’t feed the trolls” meme has been trashed. Makes me far more confident this problem will be more-or-less solved within a lifetime.

  2. 2

    Maybe they’re not men, maybe they’re all boys, too young and unformed and clueless to think clearly about what they’re doing.

    I have this bridge, I’d like you to look at. A real bargain!

  3. 3
    Rational Feminist

    I wrote her a note of support on twitter…I’m sure she needs them!

  4. 4
    Scr... Archivist

    In the passage quoted above, the link to the petition appears not to be working. Here is it for anyone who’d like it, taken from the New Statesman article on their website: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/twitter-add-a-report-abuse-button-to-tweets

    There are 17,500 signatures at the moment.

    Also, consider the discussion in the comments here: http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2013/07/a-deafening-silence-from-twitter/

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