Online Misogyny, and An Inability to Understand The Practise of Feminism

I don’t know Helen Lewis. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve tweeted her. Yet, for the second time in as many weeks, I find myself once again defending Helen online. I don’t agree with everything Helen says, but frankly,  I don’t agree with myself 100% of the time. It would be utterly bizarre to agree with a complete stranger that well.

For all I know Helen could be a secret fan of Justin Beiber: worthy of ridicule most definitely. Nothing any woman does, including being Margaret Thatcher, is worth the misogynistic bullying which Helen receives online. I’ve said this before, but if you think its okay to call another woman “fucking scum”, you aren’t a feminist.

If you call another woman “a vicious rancid bitch”, you need to revue the basic tenets of feminism.

It is not feminism to use misogynistic language against other women.

It is not feminism to use threats of violence against other women.

It is not feminism to use abusive and bullying tactics against other women.

We may never all agree on what a real feminist looks like but they aren’t ever going to be women who treat other women the same way abusive and violent men treat women.

It is not feminist activism to stalk, harass, bully or intimidate other women online. If you can not speak to other women without resorting to abusive language, then you need to do a little bit of self-reflection. Or, take up yoga. Or, eat some donuts. Just something to deal with your anger issues because this isn’t normal behaviour for adults; never mind feminists.

The tweets below are from Helen Lewis’ tumbler account



3 thoughts on “Online Misogyny, and An Inability to Understand The Practise of Feminism”

  1. Well said.

    Helen is an absolute hero(ine). Witty, intelligent, insightful and to top it all, a geek!!!.

    As a guy who’s always identified myself as a feminist (because it’s just dammed stupid to discriminate on the basis of a dozen genes – misogyny is like firing the engine of the human race on three cylinders) – it’s just sickening to see her laid into. There are always groups of people who are looking for the a non-falsifiable belief system to cling to and lashes out when it sees heresy. It was true of communism, puritanism and fascism, and unfortunately it’s also true of feminism.

    She’s absolutely correct about “privilege checking”. Potentially useful and interesting concept, but generally used as shorthand for ‘shut up’.

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