I recently tweeted a link to a poem of mine on my blog. The poem has the title The Time I Saw A Man Who Raped Me, and that’s exactly what it’s about. It’s also about the rape itself and about the effect it has had on me. I posted it on the hashtag #Radfem2013, which is a radical feminist conference I plan on attending and which draws a considerable number of really nasty and persistent haters on Twitter.
I knew that people who hate me for my political views would see something extremely personal, and I posted it anyway. Perhaps because I had some sort of trust that they couldn’t possibly be so hateful as to use this particular tweet of mine (it is by far not the only on the hashtag) to harass me? Haha! Of course not. Rather because I was pretty certain that nothing they could say or do about it could get to me. I started a blog and I posted a poem about being raped. Obviously I’m not trying to hide, I’m not scared of public attention being directed my way.
And attention came my way, of course.
As you can see, I took a screenshot immediately, and I recommend you do the same when someone sends you threats and other nasty things. This tweet was deleted within a very short time, presumably when our friend Linds was reasonably sure I’d seen it. (Check out this website to learn how to take screenshots on various devices and operating systems)
And then, many hours later…
I’ve seen enough of the messages “Lindsey” has sent others, both like-minded people and ‘enemies’, to not be impressed by this last tweet. Even before the above episode, I happened to have seen some tweets in which “Lindsey” was boasting about having hurt others with words.
So, “Lindsey”, you like the attention, it seems. You’ve had lots of attention from me now, let’s leave it at that.
Feminist is as feminist does. Calling for the destruction of people you disagree with politically and trying to ‘crush’ them with slurs, threats and hatefulness is called being a violent fuckhead, not a feminist.
If you too have received messages from a womanhating fuckhead, you know what to do: take a screenshot or document it in some other way and send it to us at hatemale [at] hushmail dot com together with any commentary you might have.