I was on a jolly there for a while (it was lovely, thanks for asking) so I missed a Monday feminist roundup (™, sort of). And, while I was away, the femosphere (does that work?) was all go again. It wasn’t surprising. Most of what has been going on UK-side involves twitter and the misogynistic abuse that is thrown at women there every so often. It all started (this time) when the wonderful Caroline Criado-Perez discussed her recent successful campaign to reinstate women on Bank of England banknotes. (Aside: What has made the women on banknotes campaign so successful?) Shortly afterwards, all hell broke loose on twitter when the misogynists couldn’t keep their disgust at the cheek of a woman Doing Things and Having Opinions to themselves. Cue several threats of rape and other violence. And that was just the start of it. Here are some links (list far from exhaustive).
- A few pieces about the bank notes campaign:
- And then the abuse:
- Telegraph: Woman who campaigned for Jane Austen bank note receives Twitter death threats
- Daily Mail (comments turned off, praise the gods): Man, 21, arrested over rape and death threats made on Twitter to woman who persuaded Bank of England to put Jane Austen on new bank notes
- Newstatesman: After the Jane Austen announcement I suffered rape threats for 48 hours, but I’m still confident the trolls won’t win (a piece by Caroline herself)
- Telegraph: Man arrested over abuse sent to feminist campaigner
- BBC: Caroline Criado-Perez Twitter abuse case leads to arrest
- And then the fallout, which is mainly about the ways in which twitter (and other platforms) should deal with abuse:
- And then the commentary:
- LiberalConspiracy: These men abuse women online because they want to stop women from having a voice
- CommentisFree: How prevalent is online abuse?
- CommentisFree: Twitter’s response to rape threats ‘inadequate’, says Yvette Cooper
- stavvers: Against a Twitter “report abuse” button
- libdemvoice: Chickens, eggs, Twitter and report abuse buttons
- Telegraph: Feminists boycotting Twitter is not the way to end trolling
And this last one, again from Caroline herself: Rape threats on Twitter won’t get women to shut up. If we shout back we’ll win (independent).