Wherein I read things, laugh, and pass them on to you…
What matters is not which guys said it: What matters is that, when you put their statements side-by-side, they all sound like the exact same guy. And when you look at what they’re saying, how similar these slurs and insults and threats we get actually are, they always sound like they’re speaking to the exact same woman. When men are using the same insults and sentiments to shut down women and “feminine” people, across the board, then we know what’s going on. And we know that it’s not about us; it’s about gender.
And they’re not doing it because we’re “weak” or “hypersensitive.” They hope to Christ that we’re weak and sensitive, because then harassment would shut us up, but they know that we’re really not. They go so incredibly hard against us — send the death threats, the rape threats, the over-the-top “you’re just a cum receptacle” — in the hopes that something, anything, will be enough to stop us. They know they have to push that hard. Because they know that we’re strong. They know that we’ve got thick skins. And they know that we won’t put up with bullshit. Which makes us scary, which makes us threatening, which makes us “aggressive” and “vicious” and “vindictive” bitches who might shut them down.
They don’t do this because women, and people who speak out against sexism online, are delicate, fragile flowers. They do this because we’re tougher than they can imagine, tougher than they’ll ever have to be, and tougher than they can personally handle. They need to shut us down, to scare us, because if we keep going we just might win. We just might end sexism. They’ll do anything to stop us from getting that done.
And that’s how I know it’s sexist when #MenCallMeThings. Just in case you wondered.
[tigerbeatdown.com Sady 10 nov 2011]
OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Police near Pittsburgh are searching for whoever threw a pumpkin from a moving car and hit a 64-year-old man, who may have suffered a concussion in the attack.
Oakmont police Chief David DiSanti tells KDKA-TV that Rose and Daniel Wagner were taking a walk about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when somebody threw a pumpkin from a passing car.
Rose Wagner says the incident happened so fast they didn’t even realize right away that a pumpkin had knocked down her husband. Daniel Wagner fell face-down and is sore and bruised. He was taken to a hospital and his wife says he may have a concussion.
The chief says whoever threw the pumpkin may have just stolen it from outside a nearby home.
[AP 11 Nov 2011]