Tag Archive for harassment

Racists Attack Black Woman for “Seeing Race in Everything”

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

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: http://adiposeactivist.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/fatshamingweek/)
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

 

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Men’s Fragile Egos: Harassing Women Who Dare to Criticise Them

In a number of posts we have had cause to highlight how the fans of a well-known man, or popular (male) internet social media user undertake large-scale harassment campaigns against women who have questioned or criticised their hero. This action is often preceded by one or more pronouncements from the man in question in which he acts out his disapproval of this woman on-line in what looks like a bid to rebuild his fragile ego by seeking the approval of his fanbase. Then in passing, he often also tacitly (or explicitly) encourages his followers to harass the women in question. The aim appears to be to silence the critical voice by inundating her Twitter feed (her email inbox, her blog, the comments on her You Tube Channel and sometimes even her telephone line) with their sycophants’ expressions of ridicule and insults.

In the most extreme cases, such targeting also results in serious off-line harassment -including hoax tip offs to the police so they may storm the target’s home (swatting) and bomb threats to venues where they are speaking- and appears designed to force the woman into hiding. Prominent victims of this kind of harassment are the women targeted by the so called “Gamergate” movement, which derives from the on-line vendetta of one man against his ex girlfriend. Other women, like Jennifer Keller, who case we also have reported on recently, have their businesses targeted and their livelihoods put at risk by harassers who are outraged that she criticised the host of a misogynist You Tube channel.

Kate Smurthwaite, a British comedian, asked a male guest on the BBC Show Question Time, not to call another panelist “darling”. The panelist, a single mother, had been describing her experiences of discrimination.

This reasonable request. It’s hardly an acceptable form of address in a serious political programme. Moreover, it’s patronising and rude. Using this term has a clear sexist overtone in a public context such as this: men often use words like darling, babe, doll etc., commonly used between couples when addressing women they have no social relationship with as a means of demeaning the addressee. The intentional over-familiarity appears to be a manner by which men like to avoid granting women equal status (and more obviously, equal respect) that they would automatically use if they were conversing with another man. Men don’t call other men they are not in a relationship with “darling”, “sweetheart” or “babe” with any regularity, if ever. You will only hear them use (some of) these terms of endearment towards their own (small) male children.

Twitter fans of the male panelist in question –journalist Milo Yiannopoulus (who we have had reason to blog about before)- found Ms. Smurthwaite’s request offensive in the extreme. For the next two days, they -aided and abetted by Mr. Yiannopoulos- bombarded her Twitter feed with objections and criticism of her actions, in the best of cases. And with insults, ridicule, threats and harassment in the worst.

The following is a small selection of the tweets Ms. Smurthwaite received. I have ordered them thematically with the aim of showing how this kind of internet harassment works.

The first batch show how Mr. Yiannopoulos tweets a number of disparaging comments about Ms. Smurthwaite over the course of three days. It contains one of the most regular tactics of the internet harasser: the revision of Ms. Smurthwaite’s social media and internet presence with the objective of finding material with which to attack her. In this case, it is a reference to a show that she had been booked to play at Goldsmith’s.

The gig was not cancelled due to low ticket sales. The number mentioned by this article and by Mr. Yiannopoulus were those sold on-line. As Ms. Smurthwaite’s blog shows, it was cancelled because the organisers were intimidated by protestors who objected to her feminist opinions.

Here is how he replies to Ms. Smurthwaite’s complaint about the abuse she is receiving from what appears to be people who follow him. As can been seen in later shots, these usually include both his (@Nero) and Ms. Smurthwaite’s (@Cruella) Twitter user name in the tweets they make on the subject.

These comments are in reference to the tweet about her cancelled show. Mr. Yiannopoulus could have taken the opportunity to apologise for his statement. Instead, he chooses to repeat it to others and to suggest that Ms. Smurthwaite is the one bending the truth to her own aims.

Next are the tweets from 15-17 March 2015 from people replying to Mr. Yiannopoulos tweets about Ms. Smurthwaite. As you can see, this contains the depressingly reoccurring tropes we have highlighted repeatedly on this blog:

1. Death wishes:

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2. Feminists are men dressed up as women:

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3. Feminists are just women in need of a man (to subdue and dominate them via the sexual act).

 

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4. Same as above, with the caveat that the lack of a man is because they are unattractive. Another variation being they are old, bitter about being single and childless (because obviously only women’s worth and happiness only depend on men and children).

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Noone wants you

5. Claims that the insults are not “sexist” whilst, of course, often employing language that suggests they are (“moaning women” etc.)

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Awful personality

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Victim blaming

When in doubt throw a tantrum

 

6. The celebration of the idea that the woman has been put in her place (violently) by a man:

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Victim blaming

7. She is over-reacting, she needs to get a thicker skin and not be so hysterical:

Calm down

Calm down sugar
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Hateful & emotionally unbalanced Grow a thicker skin

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Over estimate

 

Minimising

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And finally, we have the gloating of tweeters in response to Ms. Smurthwaite’s distress and the call to continue.

Please do note here the reference to other women who have been targeted and the implication that the treatment of Ms. Smurthwaite is not unique.

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Teach some hmour

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As ever we extend our solidarity to Ms. Smurthwaite and all those women being harassed and abused on line.

Think Internet Harassment Doesn’t Affect Women’s Real Lives? Think Again: It Can Bankrupt Her.

It is common to hear people dismiss internet bullying and harassment as “not real”. Often well meaning commenters on our blog will advise the women featured just to turn off the computer and walk away. What these people don’t always appreciate is that the line between “real”-life and on-line life is not at all clear cut: in fact, in many cases on-line life forms an important part of real-life.

Until last month, Jennifer Keller had an active on-line presence: she hosted a popular You Tube channel, “The Laughing Witch”; and along with her husband, Paul Burns, she used the internet to advertise their small business “Porcelain Tub Restoration”. Now, as a result of a sustained campaign of on-line harassment and intimidation she has been forced to close her channel and her business is facing ruin.

The author of this campaign against Ms. Keller is one Dr. Phil Mason aka Thunderf00t, whose videos on his personal You Tube Channel are famous for their misogyny and anti-Muslim rhetoric.

In February this year, Ms. Keller wrote to Dr. Mason’s employers to inform them of their employee’s internet activities. She also made statements to this effect on her channel. This action infuriated Dr. Mason to such an extent that he decided to mount a campaign against Ms. Keller’s business. In a series of You Tube videos he publicized her name and the details of her business and incited his audience to leave negative reviews on its diverse internet media platforms, such as Yelp, Twitter and Google, as well as on his own webpage. Since Dr. Mason’s channel has more than 436, 500 followers, this sparked a deluge of fake negative reviews like the ones below.

 

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In an interview with local news, Ms. Keller’s husband, Paul Burns, said the effect of these reviews has been catastrophic. WUS*9 reported:

Burns said negative Yelp and Google reviews decimated his company’s standing online. Calls and emails from would-be customers have dried up. The couple is now raising money online to support their workers should they go under, Burns says.

“We were on the ropes, and we were looking to see blue sky finally. Things were picking up then this came down, the hammer came down,” Burns said. “You have no recourse as a business owner. They just, they take these reviews at face value. Its economic cyber terrorism.”

Both Mr. Burns and Ms. Keller complained to Twitter, Google and Yelp about this matter. Twitter and Yelp have done nothing thus far, Google provided assistance once US congresswoman Katherine Clerk introduced them to a management executive.

Ms. Keller has had to shut her You Tube channel as a result of the offensive comments posted below it. She has also apologised to Dr. Mason for sending the original letter. As she stated to the WUS*9 reporter:

So basically, I’ve been shut up and shut down. And so have most of the feminists on the YouTube community.

Advertisers pay millions of dollars to these companies to appear along side You Tube videos and Yelp searches, and in promoted tweets on Twitter. We really have to ask whether these companies really want their brands associated with opinions like those of misogynist and islamophobe Dr. Mason? Or with his attempts to harass and bankrupt Ms. Keller?

Perhaps we ought to ask them directly?

Some Big You Tube Advertisers :

  • Adidas
  • Nissan
  • FIAT (Blue Pill)
  • Android
  • NFL – Superbowl
  • Jeep Renegade
  • Budweiser
  • Microsoft GoPro

Some BigTwitter Advertisers:

  • Staples
  • Verizon
  • Pizza Hut
  • PHILADELPHIA
  • Pepsi
  • Disney
  • NFL
  • Marvel, DC

 

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With thanks to Jasper Knightstone (@camethedawnxp) for his help with the writing of this article.

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