40 years of women’s rights will be undone in June 2014 when many of Sydney’s specialist women’s refuges are forced to close. Under the NSW Government’s new tenders, women-only services were not allowed to tender for women-only services.
“There is no plausible way that Xavier Damman doesn’t know that he alerted a stalker to a conversation [taking] place about him. There is no plausible way that Xavier Damman doesn’t know that he sent a list of people who care about online stalking to a known online stalker.”
This 2009 quote from Harriet Jay’s remarkable blog Fugitivus came up in a ManBoobz thread. I wanted to highlight it firstly because it’s marvellous, and secondly to link back to the original post to make it easier for others to cite it.
Stereotypes exist pretty clearly to benefit the current social order, and when somebody enacts the stereotype perfectly, it becomes evidence for the stereotype, and when somebody acts in the complete opposite of the stereotype, they are exceptions and also fall into other very convenient stereotypes …
I wish more online media premoderated comments like this article by Jill Dawson about how publicising celebrity incidents of family violence helps all of us to better name abuse.
This particular nugget comes from Pharyngula, where a post from PZ addressing rape culture led to a predictable influx of the usual victim-blaming rape myths as if they were commensense truths, leading to a predictably forceful pushback from the Pharyngulites, who do not let that crap stand. If readers would like to add their own favourite links addressing rape myths/culture in comments, I’d really like to see them.
Every time women on the internet point out how routine it is for a woman’s mere presence on the internet to provoke squadrons of flying he-man-she-hater monkeys to post floods of vile abuse, someone reckons that it’s not really that bad and women should just get thicker skins/lighten up/stop whining etc.
The gendered cyber harassment campaigns are rank intimidation aimed at silencing us. We have to keep on talking about it so that they do not succeed.
s.e.smith has an important and powerful post up at Tiger Beatdown regarding our collective habit of silence about the hate mail bloggers receive.
Man admits to elaborate online stalking campaign against girlfriend: will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty at Southampton magistrates’ court on Monday to a charge of causing harassment, alarm or distress.
Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.