Archive for 15th December 2015

In Solidarity with @JuneEricUdorie

On 10 December, Nimko Ali, Kira Cochrane, June Eric-Udorie, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Abi Morgan  and Sophie Walker took part on a panel chaired by Jane Garvey organized by the Guardian about contemporary feminism.

The next day Ms. Hartley-Brewer published an account of the panel in the Daily Telegraph. From this it is clear that she found it a perplexing event in which issues and ideas were discussed that she did not understand or agree with. However, instead of presenting these arguments clearly and rebutting them with her own; she instead chose to write a piece mocking the other panel members and their views. In particular, she was unhappy about Ms. Eric-Udorie’s participation in the event. Ms. Hartley-Brewer wrote:

So I spent most of the evening being lectured on how to be a proper feminist by a 17 year old fellow panellist.

If only I could have met her before I became the third ever female political editor of a national newspaper in Britain! If only my mother had been able to seek her advice when, as a divorced mum of two, she decided to become a doctor in the 1970s! If only we had known then what that 17 year old knows now!

She was, to be fair, a very bright, articulate and sincere 17 year old but, nevertheless, a teenager. Luckily that didn’t stop her knowing that women only become the main carers for their children because they are forced to be, by their limited life choices, dominated as they are by the patriarchy.

The gist of her argument appeared to be, how could a 17 year-old girl possibly have any idea about feminism or women’s lives at all? And how dare this girl share those views and disagree with Ms. Hartley-Brewer in public? Only her indignation at being cricitised in public by a teenager can explain why she would make Ms. Eric-Udorie the centre of her column.

As a result of being so prominently featured in Ms. Hartley-Brewer’s column, Ms. Eric-Udorie found herself to be suddenly of interest to numerous Twitter users who like nothing better than to belittle, insult and harass women on-line. She and other feminists on Twitter complained to Ms. Hartley for the deeply unpleasant attempt to make Ms. Eric-Udorie a figure of ridicule.

Later on that day, and in the days that have followed, Ms. Hartley-Brewer and Louise Mensch have repeatedly ridiculed Ms. Eric-Udorie via Twitter. In an astonishing role-reversal, they claim that it is she who cannot take criticism (although what criticism they have of the arguments of Ms. Eric- Udorie have never been expressed).

Moreover, copying the tactics of internet abusers they contend that by speaking publicly and using a Twitter account she has brought the abuse she has received on herself. Ms. Eric-Udorie has requested that they desist with such behaviour but as yet, neither appear ready to afford her the respect she deserves.

Instead, Ms. Mensch continues to ridicule Ms. Eric-Udorie.

While Ms. Hartley-Brewer is still refuses to understand why a column written to ridicule a 17 year-old girl who disagreed with her on a panel event was in any way offensive.

As a result, we at EOM would like to make the following statement:

Ms. Eric-Udorie may only be 17. However, she was invited to speak on the panel because she is an active feminist activist. She has worked for 3 years on girls rights with groups such as @FGMSilentScream and @YouthForChange and directly with the Department of International Development for  UK government. In fact, she was shortlisted for a Red Magazine award this year in recognition of her work. As such, she had the requisite experience and knowledge to be on the panel, and more than enough authority to disagree with Ms. Hartley-Brewer.

We utterly deplore Ms. Hartley-Brewer’s decision to write a column framing Ms. Eric-Udorie’s disagreements and criticism of Ms. Hartley as “lecturing”. We further object to her decision to ridicule Ms. Eric-Udorie for her age and, implying quite falsely that Ms. Eric-Udorie lacks life experience as a feminist. We call on her to apologise to Ms. Eric-Udorie and recognise that she chose to target Ms. Eric-Udorie in her article because she was angry at being challenged by a teenager in public.

Secondly, we condemn Ms. Mensch’s continued ridicule of Ms. Eric-Udorie via Twitter. We call on her respect Ms. Eric-Udorie’s request that she cease to target her. Ms. Mensch declares herself to be a feminist and denies Ms. Eric-Udorie’s feminism. However, her behaviour towards Ms. Eric-Udorie is not in anyway feminist, it more closely resembles that of a Men’s Right Activist. We believe she also owes Ms. Eric-Udorie an apology.

Finally, we stand in solidarity with June Eric-Udorie. We refuse to see young feminists frightened from speaking in public by the intolerance and abhorrent behaviour of other women.

White Women Journalists Take Out Their Ire at Feminism On a 17 Year Old Black Girl

Rape Joker of the Day: @ TheRapeBot

This post was first published on 9 October 2013. We republish it here via the Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine.
We were directed to this today.


#shoutingback #stillnotshuttingup

This is Rape Culture. #WeBelieveYou

This post was first published on 10 October 2013. We republish it here via the Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine.


This is rape culture. It is disgusting, abusive and vile behaviour.
Anyone who uses a rape victim’s rape as a way of attacking a woman is hateful.
This shit needs to end.
There are no excuses for doing this.
It’s harassment and should be prosecuted as such.
#Shoutingback #stillnotshuttingup

From Ridicule to Death Wishes. Misogynists’ Behaviour Patterns

This article was first published on 11 October 2013. We republish it here via the Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine.
You will probably remember the Kings of Misogyny aka @ReturnofKings who we wrote about last month.
Today we learned that they had a new project on Twitter:
As their biography states, this account exists to collate something they call “#fatshamingweek” tweets. This “week” appears to be aimed -suprise, surprise- at ridiculing and inciting scorn and hate at women:



In general, the tweets are as unpleasant and unamusing as those coming from the original account:
However, they also seek to harass those who object to their “hilarity”:
This link takes you to a post by a body positive blogger named Amber, who was understandably not very impressed at the idea of a campaign to shame women (read it here:
Thanks to the diffusion by this account, it is not long before someone decides ridicule is not enough and moves on to wishing the critic dead:
We send our solidarity and support to Amber.
#EOM #shoutingback #stillnotshuttingup


The Kings of Misogyny

This post was first published on 18 September 2013. We republish it here via the Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine.


Today we came across @TheReturnOfKings; Twitter handle of a website of the same name. I am not going to link to it for reasons that are more than obvious.

This is a shot of his Twitter timeline:
The links take you to his blog. It promotes itself as a dating help site. It is in fact full of misogynous content like the following:
With “advice” of this quality:
And just when you thought it couldn’t be more offensive:

Another article is titled:

Which includes the following:
And this:
You can imagine the rest. However, what you might not expect is the following biography:
I didn’t click on the other two links offered (“All Girls…” And “Russian…”)., as I think I have presented enough material to convince you this page deserves our Offender of the Day status.
I also think a more correct description of this site and its authors should be “specialises in encouraging rape, cruelty and the general hatred of women.”
#shoutingback #stillnotshuttingup


Don’t Harass Me By Pointing Out My Misogyny …

This post was originally published on 12 October 2013. We republish it here via the Internet Archive‘s Way Back Machine.


The following tweets illustrate clearly the commons reactions from those tweeting misogyny once they realise we have retweeted them.

The tweet we were sent (it has since been deleted):


The “defence”
1. It was only a joke:
2. And upon being told that it wasn’t a particularly funny “joke”, he moves on to putting his hands over his ears and shouting “la, la, la”.
3. Then a “friend” moves in to defend misogyny man, claiming we are harassing him.
Harassment is recediving rape threats, being stalked and abused. Not pointing out that a “joke” is actually quite offensive.


And as for for why we care; why this is our business. We care because women die everyday at the hands of violent men; because violence against women is considered funny; and because, the misogynist’s typical reaction to being criticised is to imply he is being victimised.


 #solidarity #shoutingback #stillnotshuttingup


Offender of the Day: Todd Kincannon

This post was originally published on 16 October 2013. We republish it here via the Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine

Let me introduce you to South Carolina republican Todd Kincannon
This less than delightful character has form as an Internet troll.

I think I would like to ensure that I remained a maximum distance away from this man too.

So A Misogynist Writes a Software Programme

NOTE: This was first published on 19 October 2013. We republish it now via the Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine.



… to collate lists of Twitter addresses. Being a misogynist he decides to do a test run entitled “Girls I’d Shag”.



All does not go to plan and before he knows it:





Meanwhile, women with these names are receiving the following notification:


Unsurprisingly, a number of women are unimpressed by this cyber stalking.


Others point out that he is adding underage girls to his lists:


But, being a misogynist, he doesn’t realise how offensive or how threatening his behaviour is. To him, it’s just a joke.



Probably because, to him, receiving this kind of notification wouldn’t be threatening. It is unlikely he has been raped, or sexually harassed or stalked. One in three women are victim of sexual violence in their lifetime. This means a large proportion of these women will have been subjected to male violence.

Some women found receiving such a message funny. Others informed us that it had given them anxiety attacks or flashbacks.

Here’s the thing: setting up a list called “Girls I’d Shag” as a test run for software is misogynous. It is not the fact that the programme escaped from his control that has provoked this post. It is the fact that this man thought  this was a good way of testing his software.

He did not reflect that the women he chose to add to a public list called “Girls I’d Shag” would perhaps be upset or frightened by his actions. Or he didn’t care. Because, after all, as a misogynist he is used to seeing women merely as objects to use, rather than as people to respect.

As far as we can see, he has twenty such lists at the moment.

If you are on one of these lists, you can remove yourself by blocking him. #solidarity #shoutingback