“For all their bleating about freedom of speech, these people don’t seem to know what it actually means. It is not the glorious, consequence-free paradise they imagine in which they get to say whatever they like to whomever they like while enjoying the luxury of that person silently taking it with no pushback.For too long, speech on the internet has been consequence free.
I did it because I’m sick and tired of men abusing women online and continually getting away with it. I can bear the brunt of this behaviour, but I’m angry about the number of women who tell me they can’t. Too many women are harassed into silence by men who flounce about the place doing and saying whatever they like.”
‘Here’s how a typical interaction with the defenders and perpetrators of online abuse goes.
“Just block and delete them like a grown up!”
*blocks and deletes*
“Oh, so you’re censoring people now? What, can’t you handle debate?”
*attempts to engage in a meaningful discussion, explaining why harassment is unacceptable.*
“Get over it, it’s just a word. I get called words all the time and I don’t cry like a baby!”
*loses temper, resorts to name-calling*
“F–k you, you f–king whore. I should have known you’d resort to ad hominem attacks. You feminists are all the same, you just hate men because none of us will f–k you, fat dogs.”‘
So, to protect the feelings of those concerned about their ‘freedom of speech’ (AKA their deluded idea that they can abuse and threaten people without any consequences or backlash) being taken away, Clementine Ford has decided to post them on her blog, instead.