It’s been far too long since we had one of these. What’s made your brain explode in anger, pain, disbelief lately?
I’ve certainly found the plight of the Jena 6 horrifying, and I’ve been one of those progressive bloggers who’s been MIA in commenting on it. I fell for those excuses Pam highlights: “It’s not my area of expertise” and “It’s not my issue”. Admittedly as an Australian who does blog about our particular national race issues I have a better excuse than the American A-list blogs who ignored this case while talking about how the Republicans don’t care about black people, but I probably should have mentioned it anyway, because the denialism about how effective simple nonverbal threats are in constraining freedom of choice and action is out in full force, and that’s a common trope that needs countering wherever its head crops up. Racism denied just festers and grows, it doesn’t go away.
Via Beppie in comments: even Flickr has its troglodytes who get off on images fantasising about the abuse of women and also the actual intimidation of women via threats of rape and murder.
Tigtog, I want to draw your attention to some abuse and harrassment that is occurring at Flickr at the moment. One of my contacts, a woman that I know through a Female-only Self Potrait Support Group, has received death and rape threats; Flickr has done little besides suggesting that she block them. Here is her account of what has happened (Warning: this includes a copy of the original threat, and could trigger).
The men are part of a Flickr group called “Female Hanging””“ devoted solely to images of women and girls being abused and killed. None of these images have been tagged as “moderate” or “heavy”, and as such, they anyone can see them, without recieving a warning that they might view offensive comments. As of now, members of the Female Self Portait Artists’ Support Group are busy flagging these images”“ but this does not change the fact that there is a Flickr group WITH OVER 800 MEMBERS devoted solely to images of abusing women.
Right now I’m trying to raise as much awareness of this issue as possible.
Beppie notes later that this group is no longer public, but that it exists at all is troubling.