Monthly Archives: May 2013

Five Things I Know After #FBrape

Originally posted on Make Me a Sammich:
Oui. I’m exceedingly proud to have worked on the #FBrape campaign to end gendered hate speech on Facebook, and of our success in getting the corporate giant to back down. It was an exhausting week, but the rewards were many, and I wouldn’t take it back for anything.…

Dear SFWA: I’m Leaving You

via e. catherine tobler” It began with issue #200 of the Bulletin—all right, #199 if we want to get technical. It began with the Resnick and Malzberg Dialogues, a long-time feature of the publication. It began when two men sat down to have a dialogue about editors and writers of the female gender. How fantastic, I […]

Laughing at Violence Against Women

Originally posted on BroadBlogs:
“There’s a huge amount of online activity devoted to cultivating horrific impulses toward women,” says former sex-crimes prosecutor, Jane Manning. For instance, while Facebook prohibits content that is hateful, threatening or incites violence, rape didn’t count until recently. It took a massive campaign to stop pages with titles like “You know…

Don’t Call Me a Bitch

FBrape campaign

Originally posted on Purely a figment of your imagination:
On May 21st 2013, the Women, Action  & the Media group wrote an open letter to Facebook, which was signed by over 100 advocacy groups, asking them to review their policies on permitted content. Background There has long been a problem on the site. While its…

The Problem with ‘Boys Will Be Boys’

via I Make Up Worlds: For months, every morning when my daughter was in preschool, I watched her construct an elaborate castle out of blocks, colorful plastic discs, bits of rope, ribbons and feathers, only to have the same little boy gleefully destroy it within seconds of its completion. No matter how many times he did […]

Shaming teen mothers for no reason

Originally posted on Gravity's Wings:
Feministing highlights an initiative by the Candie’s Foundation that tries to prevent teen pregnancy and ends up doing far more harm than good: May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, which basically means it’s the season for teen mom shaming. And damn if the Candie’s Foundation doesn’t deliver! On…