Tag Archive: Misogyny

Feb 04 2013

The timing of everything was carefully executed

What it’s like to be a woman in The Industry. What industry? It almost doesn’t matter, does it. This one is the tech industry. This week – someone decided to upload fake porn pictures of me to the internet – when I say fake I don’t mean my head stuck on someone’s body, but lookalikes …

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Jan 30 2013

And with one bound she was free


More harassment. More complications. More failure to disclose. More clumsy attempts at setups. More provocation followed by noisy media blitz to express outrage at the response to the provocation. The A-news people, who do that podcast I was invited to do, posted a podcast on Monday, the day I was invited. Lee Moore, the guy who …

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Jan 28 2013

Asking for brickbats

Laurie Penny says that internet misogyny should end. “There’s nothing wrong with [her] a couple of hours of cunt kicking, garrotting and burying in a shallow grave wouldn’t sort out.” Like many women who have public profiles online, I’m used to messages of this sort – the violent rape and murder fantasies, the threats to …

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Jan 27 2013

What we need is a filter

Cath Elliott writes about What it’s like to be a victim of Don’t Start Me Off’s internet hate mob. Note from Helen Lewis, who republished the post on her New Statesman blog: Note from Helen: Cath Elliott’s Blog, An Occupational Hazard, was one of the pieces which inspired me to collect together the experiences of …

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Jan 25 2013

He bruised his knuckles when he punched her

It was all Mary Beard’s fault, as it turns out. No really; it was. The guy who ran that website says so. If he doesn’t know, who does?! The co-owner and moderator of the website that published abusive comments about Mary Beard has accused the Cambridge academic of using the row to deflect from her …

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Jan 24 2013

Women’s hour

Maureen Brian alerted me to Mary Beard’s appearance (there should be a hearing-word version of “appearance” for radio and podcasts – can’t be audience, that’s taken, and I can’t think of what else it could be) on Women’s Hour to talk about verbal abuse online. She reports that the guys who run the repellent website that …

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Jan 24 2013

A good little girl doesn’t

Laura Bates objects to casual sexism among politicians in the UK. Murdo Fraser, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid-Scotland and Fife, discovered last week that the wife of former Liberal leader Lord Steel had declared herself pro-independence. He tweeted: “Why is Lady Steel (apparently) pro-independence? Is he not master in his own house?” Presumably Fraser was …

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Jan 24 2013

“She whined”

I hope you enjoyed your break from the misogyny wars yesterday – I held off on commenting on the Ms piece in order to make it a real break – because the wars aren’t over yet. I’m staggered by something I just read by Rod Liddle at the Spectator. I’ve been staggered by things Rod …

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Jan 20 2013

Thought for the morning

The Mellow Monkey (whose avatar is a butterfly, surely the sign of an outstanding sort of person) at Pharyngula: There aren’t that many people who enjoy fighting for social justice. We’d prefer it to just be a given and be able to focus on other stuff, too. Want to know the best way to ensure …

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Jan 11 2013

Adam’s petition

Adam Lee has a petition to the Leaders of Atheist, Skeptical and Secular Groups: Support Feminism and Diversity in the Secular Community. Please, if you agree with it, take a minute to sign it and share it. We, the undersigned, are atheists, skeptics and nonbelievers who value free speech and rational thought and who seek …

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