Those of you who know me relatively well, will probably know that I am a staunch critic of Feminism. A bit like the dog that chases its own tail, it’s constantly going round and round in circles trying to find something to be angry about, or to blame on the patriarchy.
Today, I’m going to focus on “online harassment”.
In March, Jaclyn Glenn, Olga Kay and Chrissie Chambers, well known youtubers and fairly active in the feminist circle on Twitter, released a video describing what it’s apparently like to be a woman on the Internet. They told of comments where their sex life was brought up, where they were told to go and die, and where they were told to shut up.
This is not an uncommon narrative, in February, Alison Leiby wrote about the backlash she received to a joke she posted on Twitter, where she stated that one day, she hopes a woman has as many rights as a gun… I find the joke full of flaws, but anyway, the backlash she describes is of the same ilk.
So here, we pose the question; Is online ‘harassment’ an exclusively female problem?
Well, not quite.
The Referendum results and the sudden call for a leadership contest, have shown up a couple of examples of where men have received unpleasant comments, and yes, even death threats.
Michael Gove recently ventured into the world of Twitter to launch his Twitter campaign and, as the Huffington Post – which often speak out on behalf of feminism in regards to online harassment- documents, (albeit rather smugly) insults were thrown such as “spunk trumpet and cockwomble”. If you trawl through social media long enough, you can find tweets where his sex life with his wife comes into question. Surely, this is what feminists would define as online harassment?
To make the hypocrisy even more startling, outrage from Feminists roared out when website Newgrounds launched a “Punch Anita Sarkeesian” online game, in response to the well-known online Feminist’s involvement in the Gamer Gate scandal, in which the Huffington post condemns here.
Yet a few days later, shares on social media began of a “Slap Michael Gove” game, launched by Popular website Us vs Th3m, and yet no outcry against harassment has been sounded.
And it doesn’t stop there. The now resigned leader of UKIP received death threats following his involvement in the Leave campaign, which could be considered as a contributing factor to his resignation. This shows that what the social justice crowd would consider as harassment, is not a gender exclusive issue. The idea that online “harassment” only happens to women, like the tooth fairy, the gender wage gap, and Santa Claus, is indeed a myth.
Not only that, but there only seems to be outcry when the victim is someone who is considered progressive and left leaning. Clifford Durrand, 18, student of St John’s university, tweeted an image of fellow student Brianna Algazali sitting at her lap top, which bore a Donald Trump sticker, claiming he would “smash it” if his tweet received 700 retweets. Where was the feminist outrage at this threat?
So what can we take away from this? As stated above, people being mean on the Internet is not something that is exclusive to women. It is something that happens to anybody that puts themselves into the lime light. To call it an exclusively Feminist issue, is a perfect example of bandwagoning on the anger bus, in search for a cause to legitimise your movement.
It is hypocritical to call it out what you consider to be online harassment when it happens to someone you agree with, but stay silent when it happens to someone who doesn’t hold the same view as you. Leftists seemingly only defend their own kind.
Does this mean that the Internet requires some sort of censorship? No. If you are going to put yourself on a platform where the whole world can see you and hear what you have to say, then whilst you are fully within your rights to do so, you also need to prepare yourself for some backlash. Just as you are free to put yourself out there, those are free to respond as they wish, even if the sentiments aren’t all positive, and you have the freedom to turn off the computer, and walk away.
Zara Shaen Albright is a critic of feminism and SJWs who leans towards libertarianism. Follow her on Twitter: @kitkatzazu
The views expressed in this article are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Conservatives for Liberty