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Community Standards?!

Last week, I fell down a Facebook rabbit-hole. Nothing terribly unusual; I’m sure you know how it works… Read a post, follow a link, click a shared picture, see a link for a group, click on that…

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The Pope Says Something Sensible

In the news today, I read that the Pope encouraged mothers to breastfeed if they needed to during a baptism. He reportedly said:

“You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry.”

Stands to reason, really.

Mary breastfeeds baby Jesus in the 16th century artwork, “Virgin of the Green Cushion” by Italian artist Andrea Solario.

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Quack Ban?

There’s been a bunch of articles about an upcoming series of seminars planned for a number of venues in Australia. These seminars feature well known anti-vaccination osteopath Sherri Tenpenny, author of Saying No to Vaccines. You can read some highlights from her here on Reasonable Hank’s blog. She’s the headline act, along with Norma Erikson, president of anti-vaccine group SaneVax. The seminars appear to be being run by Stephanie Messenger, who authored a (pretty terrible) book called Melanie’s Marvellous Measles.

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Carbon Tax Repealed…for Women

In a recent interview, Lisa Wilkinson asked Tony Abbott a brilliant question. She asked him to name his greatest contribution to women as the Minister for Women in 2014.

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The Worst Can Bring Out Our Best

Update: 6:44am

I’ve woken to the news that the siege has ended, with two hostages having been killed. The gunmen is dead. Several people are injured. My heart feels heavy but I will leave these words that I wrote last night as they are, because even with this terrible outcome, now is not the time to let fear divide.

Have you seen the beautiful thing happening on twitter?
In light of the terrifying siege that is still ongoing at the time of writing these words, this was shared:

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FYI: Breastfeeding & Urinating Aren’t the Same

This story is doing the rounds at the moment. A mother in London’s Claridge’s Hotel was asked to cover her breastfeeding baby with a giant napkin recently, because, you know, BREASTS.

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The Sun, a UK paper, published the above in response to the matter.

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Coke Makes Milk, Sells Out Women

Since approximately the beginning of time, women’s bodies have been used to sell everything. From clothing to food to cars to animal welfare- you name it, the female form has been splashed across billboards, screens and magazines to entice consumers to part with their pennies.

Coca-Cola Amatil, known best for soft drinks, is branching into dairy with it’s new product, Fairlife Milk, which will cost double the price of regular milk and is high protein, lactose free something something…sorry, got distracted by the ads:

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The Price of Compassion

The case of the newborn baby found in a drain in Sydney’s Quaker’s Hill on Sunday and the subsequent charge against his mother, have left many people reeling. I shared an article from Kidspot on my Facebook page and it certainly provoked some strong and varied responses:

 

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Because I’m a Feminist…

I got told to go and kill myself.

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I also got told I was a perfect example of why is was dangerous, foolish and a waste of resources to teach a girl to read and write.

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I was told that my definition of feminism was wrong (despite providing evidence), told I was a “fucking moron” and that I was “full of shit”. I was called an” imbecile”, patronised and called “princess”, told I was “dog shit stupid” and “only worthy of mocking and ridicule”.

Why? Because I questioned someone who said “Fuck Feminism”. I pointed out what feminism offers men. I asked if he really had a problem with women receiving the same rights and privileges that men already have. Honestly, I expected it to spur on a discussion about what feminism is perceived as vs what it actually is. But…It didn’t. This person was not someone I knew. This discussion took place on a friend’s wall and had been a lively chat until this guy came along. It was a bit sweary, sure, but generally a good-natured discussion. 

Being openly feminist meant, basically, that I copped a torrent of abuse from a stranger. My husband, who is never usually confrontational in the least, read the thread and waded in. He told this guy to back off. For his trouble, he was labelled a “eunuch” married to a “feminazi”.  This guy even tried to throw the Gender Pay Gap at me as a put down or insult ( I think?), which is one I hadn’t seen before. 

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Luckily, I’m reasonably thick-skinned when it comes to this stuff. This was not the first asshole with a keyboard that I had encountered. I even told him that. Usually I find them because I can’t help myself and read the damn comments. Or because some weirdo on twitter decides I need to hear his or her thoughts on something. The block button is pretty effective there. 

 My friend who’s page this took place on came back later and read all this garbage in appalled disbelief and told this guy, in no uncertain terms, that his behaviour wouldn’t be tolerated. Another guy who’d been part of the conversation earlier messaged me privately about it, assuring me, basically, that he didn’t agree with this guy and that he was being a “dick”.

This guy, who is a stranger to me, essentially abused me for being female and abused me for being a feminist. I don’t know what his aim was. If it was to convince me of male superiority as demonstrated by himself, it failed miserably. If he was trying to convince me that feminism was not required anymore, it backfired hugely. To be honest, he only convinced me of one thing and re-affirmed one other.

He convinced me, unequivocally, that he was a contemptible human being. He re-affirmed for me that some people feel safe in abusing strangers from behind the safety of a computer monitor.

For this, I can only offer one award:

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This garbage that I copped was from one sad individual and I’m far from the only one to have experienced this.Online trolls are real people- actual human beings- not bots or spam programs. And I’m sure they don’t speak to people face-to-face in the same way they do online. 

But that doesn’t make their words less real or somehow more acceptable and it certainly doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be called on it.

Have you ever been trolled? 

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