Late, I know, and not much from me: I’m just pointing you at these three posts below from Melissa McEwan at Shakesville.
Trauma-Trigger Alert: Melissa describes her own rape in harrowing detail in order to point out how rape is not funny, and although the discussion threads start out thoughtful and interesting, they end up invaded by shockjock fans who troll the thread with graphic threats of rape directed against Melissa and other commenters.
Aren’t we feminists lucky, we get some cyberbullying to go with the defense of rape jokes as well!
Melissa has decided not to delete them in order to show just what sort of threats these jerks perceive as “jokes” that we “need to get a sense of humour” about.
Update 4th Feb 2008: Melissa has continued this series, here are the links to the collection thus far. The first post above is Part Five in the list below, the third post above is Part Six, and Liss didn’t include the the second post above in the list below, which I copied from Shakesville today.
Kate Harding has a great post in response to the cyberbullying. Let those folks read it who claim that men bloggers get flamed and threatened just as much and as creepily as women bloggers. Suuurrrre they do.
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