This is my first post for NaBloPoMo 2016, and I’m cheating a bit by reusing something I wrote a few weeks ago for a friend. I hope others might find it helpful too.
freedom of speech
freedom OF speech does not guarantee freedom FROM criticism
When men disagree with others it’s a robust addition to free speech, when women disagree with men it’s to silence them
This time it’s women objecting to sexist content in the professional magazine for the Science Fiction Writers Of America who are causing Deep Rifts™.
This accusation of suppressing speech online keeps on coming up (it’s a fundamental plank in the ongoing FTBullies smear campaign): the allegedly terrible awful no-good horrible “crime” of deleting comments on a blog. To which I say bah humbug pish tosh harrumph and quote a 2010 comment here:
you have a right to access the Internet, not to access my audience via my resources.
Guess what word gets you banned from participating in a debate on an abortion bill in Michigan.
It is depressing to have to point out, yet again, that there is a distinction between having the legal right to say something & having the moral right not to be held accountable for what you say.
It is hard that they can voice their opinions but I am not allowed to voice my opinion. says Margaret Court, freely sharing her opinion on the pages of The Australian.
… with respect to statements made by the serial trollumnist in published articles from 2009/2010 questioning whether the Aboriginality of certain pale-skinned indigenous people was genuine…”contained errors of fact, distortions of the truth and inflammatory and provocative language”
…that one can only manage to get one’s views published in the opinion pages of a national broadsheet, one knows that the nation is in a parlous state of enforced conformity indeed.
Without certain guidelines for acceptable content in comments the substantive arguments get buried in a flood of reactionary soundbites and frequently eliminationist rhetoric. This is not merely disturbing, it actively perpetuates partisan/ideological bias.
… contrarians who can’t be arsed to set up their own free blog who whinge about being “silenced” when they’re not allowed to dominate comment threads on other people’s blogs?