There’s a big debate going on over here, in mah hoods (read: country) about men harassing women over the internet. In particular, men harassing women who express their opinions. And often misogynistic men who love telling feminists they probably “need” to be raped – or at least f-ed good. Maybe involving a baseball bat. And maybe the likelihood of this happening should be demonstrated by posting the woman’s address on her blog and telling her you’ve got train tickets to her home town for next week.
What’s really surprising to me – apart from how common these types of threats seem to be for well-known women who speak their minds frequently – is the debate the documentaries and articles on on this phenomenon has spurred. The discussions I’ve heard about friends having and the discussions I’ve had myself.
This is where I have to stop myself from typing LIKE THIS WITH LOTS OF SWEAR WORDS AND EXCLAMATION MARKS AND BSJHDASDJISADJLAS.
Because apparently, not only is it a bad idea to discuss internet threats to women as a seperate phenomenon – ya know, because who cares about stuff like sexism? – but it’s mean to men. It paints a picture of all men as monsters. And by the way, there is no patriarchy here any more, women aren’t oppressed in the western world and being completely “rabid” and demanding all men should be decapitated… Well, yeah.
There’s that. Men proudly pronouncing they don’t harass women who speak their minds and then accusing any woman, who expresses frustration, of screaming (or crowing, apparently), and being an irrational, rabid and hysteric man-hater. But men and women aren’t treated differently when they express their opinions. Oh no.
And then there’s the complete ignorance hinted at above, when it comes to what it’s like being a woman today. Because, in case you hadn’t guessed, almost all the people me and my friends have had to have these discussions with are men. (Sorry if I’m making men look bad by telling you this.) Some men seem to really like telling women what they are and aren’t subjected to in their daily lives. You know, we might have to endure the sexual stare of some stone age man (that’s the expression that was used, true story) a Saturday night or getting paid a little bit less (again with the knowledge!), but still, that’s just minor details, and we’re basically at the finish line when it comes to gender equality. There’s not much more we can do. We should travel to Iran and defend our sisters in (real) need instead. Not complain about bullying idiots who have nothing to do with the patriarchy.
Oh and by the way, this nice guy is using his energy to fight oppression in the right places, where it’s needed. Because he’s so nice and all.
And I’m out.