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Petition Facebook To Remove Material That Promotes Rape Culture

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DontCallMeFrothyDragon Sat 03-Sep-11 23:29:03

OK, this should probably go in Activism, but this section gets more traffic. A friend linked an article which focused on the "You Know She's Playing Hard To Get When You're Chasing Her Down An Alleyway" page on facebook, the fact it still stands, and the fact the media have ignored plenty of complaints about the page. The article can be found here. About halfway down the article, it details this petition that asks Facebook to remove material promoting rape culture and addresses the fact that Facebook has no option for users to report sexual violence.

Anyways, just thought I'd draw your attention to it. Now off to send the link to a few friends... wink Every signature and letter to your local MP helps. I'll be composing my letter to my local MP tomorrow.

edd1337 Sat 03-Sep-11 23:49:19

I doubt that will do anything. Facebook seems to be one of the suggest freedom of speech sites ever. Get rid if that page and 2 more Will rise

DontCallMeFrothyDragon Sat 03-Sep-11 23:56:54

We can always hope. I'd rather keep trying than give up.

DontCallMeFrothyDragon Sun 04-Sep-11 00:14:56

Wait, what, I've just figured what you're trying to say...

That isn't freedom of speech. It's bloody oppression. Every single rape victim I know (and 99% of women I know) felt uncomfortable upon seeing that page. The 1 person I knew who joined it got deleted from my friend's list immediately. We need to send out a message to Facebook that we are not going to stand for being oppressed by rape culture anymore.

Unless you want us to back down and STFU, edd... hmm

edd1337 Sun 04-Sep-11 07:08:04

I never said I wanted you to back down. I've met people IRL who joke about it (hypocrite here i've even done it myself >_<(on these boards, not IRL))

Not to sound pessimistic but it'll be a loooooong time before such attitudes to rape are changed

NevermindtheNargles Sun 04-Sep-11 07:22:27

This is the second thread this week where the OP wanted something banned that they found offensive. It makes me fearful when people start attacking freedom of speech.

By all means oppose it, it is disgusting, but we have to accept that if having the right to say what you think is important then we have to put up with arseholes saying shitty things.

Exercise your right to tell them to fuck the fuck off.

NevermindtheNargles Sun 04-Sep-11 07:22:28

This is the second thread this week where the OP wanted something banned that they found offensive. It makes me fearful when people start attacking freedom of speech.

By all means oppose it, it is disgusting, but we have to accept that if having the right to say what you think is important then we have to put up with arseholes saying shitty things.

Exercise your right to tell them to fuck the fuck off.

Beachcomber Sun 04-Sep-11 08:36:10

Thanks DCM - will sign the petition.

As you say, this is not freedom of speech - it is hate speech and thereby oppressive. There are supposed to be rules about things like this, in civilised societies, which respect human rights. Of course it is worth speaking out against this sort of thing. Most people are decent and don't want this sort of crap polluting the internet. Just as most people wouldn't accept jokes about 'You Know You Have Taken Your Jolly Jape a bit too far when you and your mates show up at a black person's house dressed in a white gown carrying flaming torches'.

AyeRobot Sun 04-Sep-11 08:55:38

As Twisty says in this blog post about censorship :

"The liberation of women from patriarchal oppression is more important than a man’s right to 24-hour access to poontang. It’s more important than a woman’s right to the performance of sexy empowering femininity. It’s more important than a scholarly analysis of a canonical work. It’s more important than censorship.

Censorship has meant this and that and the other thing over the years. The government won’t let you burn flags. The authorities herd you and your “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” protest sign into a “free speech” zone when Dubya shows up at a rally. The secret police throw you in prison for writing stuff unflattering stuff about your totalitarian government. Your library uses content-control software. The TV network bleeps out your (or Gordon Ramsay’s) F-bombs. The self-censoring Internet feminist uses the word F-bomb instead of the word fuck for no reason.

In the context of Internet feminist discourse, however, censorship seems to be something only feminist dissidents do, probably because we hate freedom! Censorship means “the practice of feminists voicing dissenting opinions on the Global Accords Governing Fair Use of Women.”"

Hate speech against women doesn't really count as such in many eyes. Will sign.

StewieGriffinsMom Sun 04-Sep-11 09:07:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

edd1337 Sun 04-Sep-11 16:31:56

Explain why we don't have freedom of speech (UK)

SardineQueen Sun 04-Sep-11 16:41:41

There are things that you can be arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for saying.

Hate speech, inciting violence, that sort of thing.

You can't say anything you want, some things will have consequences. If I stood on my high street shouting "burn all the black people" that would be illegal.

Also it is illegal for people to use speech in a harrassing or threatening way to others.

off the top of my head, there may be more.

SardineQueen Sun 04-Sep-11 16:42:15

Official secrets act
If you are in certain jobs you have to put aside your personal views in favour of what you are supposed to say

StewieGriffinsMom Sun 04-Sep-11 16:43:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SardineQueen Sun 04-Sep-11 16:44:49

Schoolchildren can't speak however they want to their teachers without consequences

Ditto people in the workplace

Tyr Sun 04-Sep-11 16:48:31

The fact that our freedom of speech is curtailed (increasingly so) in other areas does not mean that others should jump on the bandwagon and try and ban something themselves, no matter how revolting they find it.
Why not start another FB page making a mockery of that one? Or just ignore it, rather than drawing attention to it.

SardineQueen Sun 04-Sep-11 16:51:23

The point of the OP I think is that this sort of thing potentially falls under the existing "hate speech" laws, but that everyone is so immune to hate speech against women that they don't notice it as much as they do when it is against other groups. And that it should be noticed and treated in the same way. I think that is a perfectly reasonable point.

edd1337 Sun 04-Sep-11 19:08:34

Those examples pretty much apply everywhere. We have it better than most to be fair, can you imagine a show like Loose Women in the middle east?

LeBOF Sun 04-Sep-11 19:15:13

That is the only reason I would ever move to the Middle East, to avoid that show.

You can't make a joke about bombs in an airport.

edd1337 Sun 04-Sep-11 19:17:09

Tell me about it, in the USA there's announcements on their intercoms about being arrested for making jokes

LeBOF Sun 04-Sep-11 19:22:15

Some tangentially related light relief...

DontCallMeFrothyDragon Sun 04-Sep-11 19:46:40

LeBOF, that was brilliant. It's a shame they didn't keep that in the episode. grin

HereBeBolloX Sun 04-Sep-11 20:05:47

Facebook doesn't believe in freedom of speech FGS.

It bans pictures of mothers breastfeeding.

But allows rape jokes.

Think that tells you what their priorities are.

edd1337 Sun 04-Sep-11 20:06:49

Perhaps because facebook sees it as sexualised or something. I agree though, that's pretty messed up

Pan Sun 04-Sep-11 20:53:28

There's a fb group I came across a few days ago, whilst googling something else entirely. A collection of the most pathetic unpleasant and nasty little 'jokes' around women and their bodies. The title is transparent and can't really be missed

but fb has no concerns it appears.

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