“Jokes about socially unacceptable things aren’t just “jokes.” They [normalise] that unacceptable thing, [telling] the people who agree with you that, yes, this is an okay thing to talk about.”
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.
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.
Months later, the woman who spoke these four words is still dealing with cyber-harassment including rape and death threats