Is this never going to end? Are there no lows below which people writing shit on the internet are prepared to sink? And the other thing is, while I’m keen to point out idiocy and refute stupid arguments, would it not be better to not give those fringe haters a platform by linking to their asinine screeds? I’m undecided.
Like this one, for example. Some smug asshole pontificating about Jen’s reasons to give blogging a break for now, as if it was any of his business in the first place.
Well, here’s a suggestion for starters: if you don’t want any sort of dissent on feminism, don’t start a thing with the ridiculous titled of Boobquake.
Well, here’s a suggestion moron. If all you have is ridiculous non sequiturs, why not stay off the internet. Since you’re not adding anything of value. Continue reading
Posted in Atheism, Equality/Rights, Religion
Tagged atheist, blog, harassment, internet, Jen McCreight, misogyny, MRA, towel, train
So, Jen’s out:
But I simply no longer love blogging. Instead of feeling gleeful anticipation when writing up a post, I feel nothing but dread. There’s a group of people out there (google the ironic term FtBullies to find them) devoted to hating me, my friends, and even people I’m just vaguely associated with. I can no longer write anything without my words getting twisted, misrepresented, and quotemined. I wake up every morning to abusive comments, tweets, and emails about how I’m a slut, prude, ugly, fat, feminazi, retard, bitch, and cunt (just to name a few). If I block people who are twisting my words or sending verbal abuse, I receive an even larger wave of nonsensical hate about how I’m a slut, prude, feminazi, retard, bitch, cunt who hates freedom of speech (because the Constitution forces me to listen to people on Twitter). This morning I had to delete dozens of comments of people imitating my identity making graphic, lewd, degrading sexual comments about my personal life. In the past, multiple people have threatened to contact my employer with “evidence” that I’m a bad scientist (because I’m a feminist) to try to destroy my job. I’m constantly worried that the abuse will soon spread to my loved ones.
I just can’t take it anymore.
For the unanointed, a year and a bit ago Rebecca Watson, a blogger, atheist and skeptic, posted a video about moving house in which she spoke for about 30 seconds about the fact that she attended a panel at an atheist conference that dealt with sexual harassment of women in the movement, and despite talking about nothing else all day and making her intentions or lack thereof very clear, was accosted by some socially awkward jerk in the lift at 4am on the way to her hotel room. Before this video was posted on Skepchick and here, we all thought we had a fairly tight-knit community of people who not only lacked belief in gods, but also shared other common goals and values. Boy, were we ever wrong. Continue reading
Posted in Atheism
Tagged atheism, bully, elevator, feminism, Freethoughtblogs, harassment, Jadehawk, Jen McCreight, movement, Paula Kirby, PZ Myers, Rebecca Watson, Richard Dawkins, Russell Blackford
India lower house passes sexual harassment bill:
Women’s rights activists say sexual harassment is a rampant problem in India, where an increasing number of women are joining the workforce.
The legislation, which must still be passed by the upper house before becoming law, specifically includes protection for female domestic staff, one of the most vulnerable work groups in India.
“I am glad that they cleared this crucial bill. Women have a right to feel safe wherever they are,” said Raghavi Behl, a professor of women’s studies at Delhi University.
The anti-harassment bill, which improves women’s rights to take legal action against abuse at work, also means that all workplaces must have a formal complaints system for sexual harassment allegations.
“Many women are scared to report sexual abuse as they want to keep their jobs,” said R.K. Sethi, who runs Shakti, a women’s rights forum in New Delhi.
Sethi said studies suggest one out of five Indian female workers aged under 35 have suffered physical assault by a colleague or manager at work.
All those clowns who have been “skeptical” about whether organisations such as JREF, or atheist and skeptic conferences, should implement anti-harassment policies, should have a long hard look at themselves. Apparently even parliamentarians in India don’t think that men’s freedoms are at stake by simply asking them to comply with basic social rules.