Most of you probably know about the Kathy Sierra death-threats episode that has left her fearing for her safety, her blog shut down and her life a mess.
(Above link and rest-of-this-post trigger warning: disturbing content, misogynistic violent threats.)
Some of you might know about last year’s episode of bullying and violent rape threats in a comments thread in the University of New Hampshire school newspaper. A student wrote an inoffensive and brief feminist critique of an advertising flyer; upon which a slew of asshats thought it just the thing to respond with violent outpourings of hate, observations that the woman had not been adequately subject to “deep-dicking”, and that rape with a baseball bat would be just the thing to cure her feminist leanings.
Today a Duke student, Shadee Malaklou, has written a short piece on the her observations of the conflicts between femininity and feminism. (There’s a clumsy ableist barb, but I’m letting that pass for the moment). There is not even anything in the piece that directly addresses men or male behaviour. The article is about the internal conflicts that feminists can experience with regards to “femme” dress and behaviour; a beginning exploration of the conflict Twisty has repeatedly observed between “femininity as-self-policed-subordination” and “femininity as-survival-skill.”
And the comments thread has already started to fly. Let’s hope it doesn’t go beyond the current “idiotic girl”, “Poorly written”, the accusations of psychological disorders, and the speculation that the author is just “confused” and challenged because she’s an Iranian immigrant. Oh, and that she’s unmarriageable (the worst imaginable attribute for a woman!) and “shrill”. I’m amazed it took seven comments to get to “shrill”.
I never used to believe Germaine Greer’s remark that “Women have very little idea how much men hate them.” I always thought she was a little over the top with that one. This week? I’m not so sure.