Tag Archive: Misogyny

Aug 13 2013

No, the system does not work

It’s fashionable, this hobby of bullying women. Kelly Diels explores the fashion in Salon. When Rebecca Meredith took the stage in March at the Glasgow Ancients, an annual university debate tournament, she and her debate partner, Marlena Valles, were prepared for a little heckling. After all, Meredith is ranked the third top university debater in Europe in …

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Aug 08 2013

Displacement behavior

I’ve been wondering how the Antis would respond, if at all. I couldn’t think of any way to do it – I have a terrible deficiency of imagination that way. I never can figure out how people are going to defend assholitude ahead of time, then when they do it it all seems so obvious. …

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Aug 04 2013

Apologies and threats collide in midair

Tony Wang of Twitter UK issued an apology for the harassment yesterday. Twitter’s UK boss Tony Wang and senior director Del Harvey have apologized profusely to Caroline Criado-Perez, Stella Creasey and the leagues of other women who have received tweets that threaten death or rape in a response to their activism — including a handful of …

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Aug 01 2013

The purpose of trolls

Amanda Marcotte comments on the BBC Newsnight – Paul Mason – Twitter harassment campaign story to point out that misogynist harassers have an agenda. But as awful as trolls are, they do serve a major purpose, if people are willing to accept that these are actual people expressing actual opinions, instead of imagining them, as …

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Mar 02 2013

How to read satire

Stacy alerted me to a good (feminist) analysis of the Onion tweet. First of all, she says, Quvenzhané Wallis is terrific, no question. But you know what? All of the women at the Oscars last night are awesome. Just to have survived to that level in an industry that, at best, ignores women, and, at worst, …

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Feb 26 2013

We are told we are respected, and yet

Feminism is resurging, says Ellie Mae O’Hagan at Comment is Free. It’s resurging because there is still so god damn much sexist shit going on. In that sense it would be nice if feminism could drop dead because it’s no longer needed. O’Hagan recently read The Feminine Mystique for the first time. To my mind, …

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Feb 13 2013

Global pushback

Laurie Penny went to Dublin to report on women fighting to legalize abortion in Ireland, then she went to Cairo to report on women fighting sexual harassment in Tahrir Square. In both places, women told her they were sick of feeling ashamed. From India to Ireland to Egypt, women are on the streets, on the …

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Feb 12 2013

No one to control them

When in doubt, harass women. Shahira Amin has an article at Index on Censorship about the harassment of women in Tahrir Square. Egyptian Salafi preacher Ahmed Mahmoud Abdulla — known as Abou Islam — recently made remarks justifying sexual violence against female protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, claiming that women who join protests are asking …

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Feb 09 2013

Enormous splash damage

On the rest of Christian Munthe’s post on internet harassment in Sweden and in general. The behaviour of the “net haters”, as the established term has come to be, is often equivalent or very close to criminal harassment, libel or threat. However, existing laws are obviously not constructed for a situation where these sort of …

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Feb 04 2013

What they don’t get

What it’s like to be Rebecca. She got a message this morning with a link. The link was to a pornographic MS Paint drawing someone made of me and posted to a Rule 34 porn site under the username “rand0mathe1st.” The image depicts me bound and gagged, covered in semen, with a dildo up my …

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