Posts tagged hate speech
Posts tagged hate speech
tw: transphobia, suicide
It was exactly three months ago that Richard Littlejohn published a piece in the Daily Mail viciously attacking Lucy Meadows, a primary school teacher in Britain. Littlejohn targeted Meadows because she’s transgender and had chosen to remain in her job as a teacher after beginning to present as a woman – this was the entire basis for his outrageous, unprovoked assault on her identity, her career, and her very life. It was vile and hateful in all the ways we’ve come to expect from a publication that, like much of the press these days, treats trans women as alternately ridiculous or a threat to society. It was quite literally intolerant of everything that Lucy Meadows was.
So it came as a surprise today that the Daily Mail has completely removed any mention of Meadows from Littlejohn’s column. What happened? Did they suffer a sudden attack of morality, three months later? No. Their decision was based on something much darker than conscience.
Lucy Meadows killed herself this week.
One of the comments left on this piece is succinct. Kids understand things much better than you think they do. Finding our that your teacher has died (though I’m sure they’ll be sheltered from the details…) is a far bigger deal.
I am done with the world today.
The next time someone tries to imply that hate speech is harmless, I’m going to punch them in the fucking throat.
Bolded emphasis mine
CONTINUOUSLY HARASSING SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY DARE EXIST IN PUBLIC MIGHT BE DANGEROUS????
DON’T LET SOME OF THE FUCKING PSYCHOSTALKERS ON TUMBLR KNOW THIS
TW: rape, mention of pro-rape facebook pages and rape humor
ok so. Looking for some help from you generally awesomely articulate people tonight. How would y’all reply to this person? Because right now all I feel like saying is “No. You are wrong. Stop talking and go sit in the corner with your wrong.”
Putting rape in quotations like that? Ya, that’s just making me angry right now. Like rape is some kind of pseudo-event and not a real thing that people do or survive. So it needs to be put quotation marks that way some degree of legitimacy is removed from it and we don’t have to take it so seriously. Fuck that shit. Rape jokes and humor act to normalize, and are a form of, hate speech and violence.
And me advocating the removal of pro-rape, rape-apologizing, and rape humor Facebook pages is not the same thing as SOPA being passed. It is not.
Explain that. How rape is something that really happens. And that people who’ve been raped probably would like to be on Facebook too, without being reminded of that. And that when those jokes are made you are basically telling people who have raped that what they’ve done is ok, even funny.