The link on FaceBook was on a subject that I’m interested in, because it strikes a chord with the feminist in me. It went like this:
No to Cybersexism - don’t let them win on 38degrees.org.uk
Women are going silent online to avoid abuse and threats, which can easily move over into their other, more physical realities, resulting in depression, rape, suicide and more. We...
I clicked on the link. Like I said, this sort of thing interests me. It interested me when I wrote this blog about the abuse that Caroline Criado-Perez took on Twitter when she campaigned for a woman to appear on the new designs for our paper currency. It still interested me when I wrote this blog about CC-P retiring her Twitter account.
Having clicked on the link, I got this notice:
This petition has been disabled because of inappropriate content
Cybersexism is designed to silence women. It is designed to intimidate women, to quiet them down, to curb their influence on each other, on men and on the World.
It is hugely ironic and massively disappointing to me that a petition to prevent the silencing of women has, effectively, been silenced.
I’m not even sure I have the words to express how horrible this is.
Remember that slogan: People - Power - Change.
In this petition women along with the men who support them, all of them people set out to empower themselves to change the single biggest shared environment on Earth, to change attitudes, to begin to eradicate bullying against half of its population.
Someone at the site that bears the slogan People - Power - Change decided that these were not the people who should be empowered to change this aspect of the internet. Someone at the site that bears the slogan People - Power - Change decided to censor these women and the men who support their cause for change, to stop cybersexism. This surely is one form of the cybersexism that this group of disempowered people is trying to change!
How many more ways can I say this?
How wrong does this sound to you?
38degrees.org.uk left a helpful note beneath the cancellation notice it reads:
If you created this petition, you can sign into the site to access your dashboard, learn more, and ﬁx this issue.
I wonder how many victims of cybersexism would have had an issue with the original petition. I wonder how many feminists would have had an issue with it.
I wonder when straight talking women will stop seeming like such a threat. We aren’t the threat, we’re the promise of a better future.