Quickie: Men Tell Us Things
November 8, 2011
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Following along from the piece we linked to in Saturday’s post about misogynist abuse online, my girlcrush Sady Doyle started the Twitter hashtag #mencallmethings.
It’s vaguely related to the whole Robyn Malcolm #evilrobyn Vitriolic Savaging thing, too, what with that also being about OH NOES A WOMAN SPOKE HER MIND!!1!
One of the things we have tried to do here at TLG is foster a supportive and open comments policy, what with all the talking about sex. If you’ve read the comments policy, you’ll know that what that means is we can take forthright and strident, but we won’t accept abusive and downright nasty. That’s meant a couple of bannings, and deleting some comments.
Anyway, the hashtag thread is triggering, but immensely powerful, so if you have the spoons, drop on by.
Also worth reading is Sady’s post, on why she started it.
[Update: I’ve been thinking about this a little more, and what is most annoying about this thread, and the number of articles and posts now associated with it, is the sheer predictability of the response. You get “all men aren’t like this, why are you saying we are?” “you should call the police” “you should just ignore it” “woman up”. All of which misses the point that abuse and threats are designed to silence us.]