Thanks For Proving Our Point

In light of the recent DDoS attack, I’d like to say something, something that’s always on my mind when feminists are targeted like this. Guys, whoever you are trying to take down these sites, including this one, you’re proving our point.

This goes far beyond DDoS. Every time you threaten feminists with rape, or say that they should die for speaking out, you prove our point. And then you do it again, and again, and every time you wonder why we think that sexism is still alive. Ironically, the people who are most outspoken about the lack of need for feminism perhaps best represent why feminism is needed.

You’re proving our point.

With this attack you have demonstrated that sexism is such a relevant issue that just talking about it can get you forced into silence. If talking about feminism hurts you so much that you need to silence us to feel better, you are part of the problem, and you are proving our point.

And for the people who think that this is a free speech issue, understand that using DDoS to silence people you disagree with in their own spaces is suppressing freedom of speech. Secondly, you have the right to say whatever you want, it doesn’t mean we have to host your opinion, and it certainly doesn’t mean we have to agree with it.

If you want us to stop talking about sexism, start with not being sexist yourself. Once you’re not sexist, that’s one less part of the problem that needs dealing with, but understand that there’s a whole society out there that still slants towards patriarchy.


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Cat Strickson

Cat Strickson

Cat, or Elly, or Eddy, or whatever name they're going by these days, is a British palaeontologist and fantasy author. It's a pretty awesome skill set, but it doesn't pay much right now. They enjoy science, history, vidyagames and all things SFF.

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