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Not just ‘trolls’ stirring the pot: these bullies intend to silence through intimidation
By tigtog on February 19, 2014
Two women who have been the subject of floods of contemptuous and dismissive abuse as part of their public life write about their experiences and point out that their experience is the cultural norm, not any outlier experience.
By tigtog on June 8, 2013
The world needs a social justice version of John Baez’ classic simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to physics AKA The Crackpot Index, to rate our never-ending “feedback” from troglodytes of assorted stripes who are convinced that not only are we Doin It Rong but that we deserve to be threatened into silence for daring to have an opinion in the first place.
By tigtog on May 29, 2013
A short while ago Anita Sarkeesian published another video to her Feminist Frequency YouTube channel. Within an hour it was taken down by YouTube because it had been flagged as containing objectionable content. Feminist Frequency appealed the takedown, and it was quickly restored. Good on YouTube for restoring the video so quickly, but why doesn’t YouTube have a better mechanism for immunising known target accounts against vexatious complaints?
If you don’t want to be shamed in public, don’t create a hostile work environment in public. #ISupportAdria
By tigtog on March 27, 2013
A nugget of awesome from SKM on the Shakesville post Adria Richards Does Belong at Tech Conferences.
By Orlando on March 22, 2013
I think that the entire conversation is wrong. I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want men to be telling me what to wear and how to act, not to drink. And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I needed a gun in order to prevent my rape. In my case, don’tt tell me if I’d only had a gun, I wouldn’t have been raped. Don’t put it on me to prevent the rape.
Content note: discussion of rape, violence and threatening behaviour.
By tigtog on February 13, 2013
I started #tellafeministthankyou b/c of feminists harassed on Twitter. Now ppl are using the tag to harass feminists. Prove the point more! — Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) February 12, 2013 Related posts: The 56th Down Under Feminists Carnival is up! Hashtag Of the Day: #ididnotreport (trigger warning #rapeculture #webelieveyou) Robbie Williams, Professor of Manology at Science […]
By tigtog on January 29, 2013
Regular readers already know how much we’ve written here over the years on cyberbullies and their enraged cries about their Free Speech rights being breached whenever somebody declines to publish their bile – bile which absolutely nobody is preventing them from publishing on a blog of their own.
Disingenuous doesn’t begin to cover the hypocrisy of the Women Need To STFU brigade.
By tigtog on October 19, 2012
There are competing ethical imperatives, and there’s a balance to be found. It is basic courtesy to respect a pseudonym or some in-confidence knowledge about a person generally, but should that expected courtesy take precedence over the protection of other people from harm which could be avoided if they knew what you know?
By tigtog on September 29, 2012
Please follow the links and leave some feedback/suggestions/recommendations.
By tigtog on September 23, 2012
I’d appreciate some feedback and especially additional tips and tricks that I have overlooked in my latest #FF101 post | Cyberbullies 101: Part 1 – muffling their megaphones
By tigtog on September 13, 2012
How unsurprising. As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.
By tigtog on September 5, 2012
Sometimes they work out exactly as the malicious arseholes want them to, grinding people down until they feel the need to stop speaking out. But the technology that gives the bullies a megaphone to amplify their intimidation is a two-edged sword.
Posted in ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, social justice, technology | Tagged atheism, critical thinking, cyber-stalking, cyberbullying, Deep Rifts™, intimidation, marginalisation, sexual harassment, silencing tactics, skepticism, street harassment | 24 Responses
By tigtog on July 3, 2012
In a truly rational world, it might be possible to substantively and productively explore the pros and cons of competing positions in good faith and reach a nuanced understanding and a mutually satisfying path forward. Unfortunately the “don’t give disproportionate emphasis to sexism” side has basically been hijacked by a bunch of bad faith contrarians…
By tigtog on June 3, 2012
Rebecca Watson won’t be going to TAM this year, and I think she’s absolutely right to take this stand after DJ Grothe’s statements.