The worst thing on facebook.

Disclaimer: I’m not hiding the names of any of the people who commented on the page. Firstly, they don’t deserve that seeing as they’re being so cruel over obviously private photographs of women, and secondly, it’s a public facebook page with over 200,000 likes anyway, it’s not like they’re doing this shit in secret.

Now, there’s a lot of bullshit on facebook, but, alerted by people on my friends list* who actually “like” it, I came across this heartwarming page. It’s called “Sluts embarrassing themselves”. Because what the internet needed, really, if anything, was just a few extra people judging women on how they look, calling them “sluts”, and some more examples of how we all love teaching women to hate on each other. Yeah, fuck sisterhood. Woohoo patriarchy.

So, the very first thing on the page says:

“Definition of the term ‘slut’ – A person, especially a woman, considered sexually promiscuous…

Firstly, you can’t just define something yourself with no citations and then just say “oh this isn’t offensive, it’s the proper definition that I JUST CAME UP WITH JUST NOW BY MYSELF.” (It’s basically as sound as using Hitler to prove your argument, or simply shouting “NER NERNI NER NER I CAN’T HEAR YOU.”)

…All of you saying you are reporting this page as a hate speech page, you are wrong,…

Oh I’m wrong? Nevermind then. Continue. (Seeing as you backed that up so fucking perfectly.)

… and all of you girls saying that the girls on here aren’t ‘sluts’, read the first few sentences again! ^”

To illustrate:

Also, I really hope it isn’t just “girls” saying that the “girls” on the page aren’t sluts, but it probably is. The most progressive thing any male has said on there so far as I can tell is:

Really, I’m partly justifying this page by concentrating on its lack of concrete evidence and poor academic skills, whereas I should just let it fall apart all by itself. It’s just one of the many similar sites that have managed to use the word “banter” to disguise all of their shameless misogyny. Like, in addition to the fact they’re all doing this from behind a screen, they’ve got their little shield that they can all hide behind whenever anyone comes in and totally harshes their harmless bantery man-buzz, man. Geez, why can’t I just have some fun? IT’S JUST BANTER. I must have problems. Sideways sadface.

What’s really happening here is that people are attacking people (read “women”) that dare go out and express themselves without conforming to a narrow standard of femininity and beauty (omg her tan is too dark! THAT TEENAGE GIRL HAS HAIRY ARMS AND IS YET TO DEVELOP A COMPLEX ABOUT IT!) in western culture who I dunno, LEAVE THE FUCKING HOUSE! (You know, rather than sitting indoors all night saying you’d like to rape some womenfolk, like this chap.)

It’s sickening that if you’re a woman on the internet, this is the sort of violence that you have to become accustomed to. One of the pictures on the page shows a group of women all squatting for a wee in a street on a night out. If you reverse the genders here and you had a row of men pissing up a wall on a night out, no-one would be attacking them. Funnily enough, when a group of women are shown doing something that is supposed to be “masculine”, they are threatened with rape, as if to prove their female-ness and thus place them right back where they’re “supposed to be”. (Like how women in the military are a bazillion times more likely to get raped, or like that rape scene in Boys Don’t Cry, seeing as this is supposed to be a film blog.)

At the end of the day, the women at the brunt of these threats and jokes are mostly to blame, as this virginal picture of sobriety and morals manages to point out.

So, if only they’d stop trying to “sleep with our boyfriends” and “put some clothes on” they probably wouldn’t be getting all these rape threats from perfect strangers. I mean, I’m probably not exactly qualified to make this assumption, but that sounds a lot like that pesky victim-blaming we’ve been having a lot of lately. And as for all those prostitutes and porn stars, well we all know people get into those industries by choice, right? It’s just because they love cock, right? Right?


And just in case you aren’t shaking with rage, here’s some more five-star comments:

this is a gem

*not for long

P.S. If you are one of the people who “like” this page, I would just like to let you know that it’s NOT banter, it’s NOT funny, it’s horrendously sexist and — especially if you’re a woman — you’re really letting the side down. We’re supposed to be fighting the patriarchy. So pleaseee, report it as a hate-speech page, “unlike” it, and scrawl PATRIARCHY all over its wall before you go.


5 Responses to “The worst thing on facebook.”

  1. 1 Mazza D August 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    In the words of the great Tina fey “you have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores, that just makes it ok for guys to call you sluts and whores”

    Woman bashing is not ok, sisterhood ftw

  2. 4 Pansentient Hegemony August 29, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I was reading a thing on internet hatespeech the other day, arguing for the removal of people’s anonymity since people were only saying what they did behind a fake username. But Facebook is hardly anonymous…. Like you say, there’s no harm in naming and shaming here because they’re okay with what they’re saying. What’s worrying is while there is an element that people are only venting online and don’t take to the streets with these opinions, there will be some who are cheered by the mass support of who appears to be the majority (because 100% of the group agree, it looks that way), and go out and literally treat women in real life as they see it is acceptable to do online.

    Then again, I don’t know what to think about dressing “like a slut”. Although I wouldn’t blame a victim for a rape, I would blame a twat who didn’t lock his front door and came home to find his TV gone. The anti-victim-blame line can lead people into not taking any responsibility for themselves, since essentially, society says for every other crime “it shouldn’t happen, but it does, so take every precaution against becoming a victm”, whereas rape we tend to say “it shouldn’t happen, so act like it doesn’t.” People need to learn to square self-expression with personal safety. I wouldn’t goth up, then walk into the hardest bar in town and order a flirtini while touching up my eyeliner. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to, and it’s definitely wrong that I feel I can’t, but it’s wise to take that precaution. Likewise, maybe going out into an environment full of misogynist fuckwits who judge you the way you dress (ie Saturday night in any town centre), who are fuelled by alcohol and thus more brainless and predatory than usual might not be the best place to express yourself in safety. I am only half devil’s advocating on this.

    Facebook won’t do anything, I wouldn’t have thought. I and a few others reported a photo of an African village of charred corpses (after a horrific tanker accident), as it was subtitled pretending it was the aftermath of a Muslim attack on a Christian village. Sod all was done about it.

    Hopefully a new blog and more time on your hands will lead to more frequent updates; you provide food for thought!

    • 5 ChunLisa August 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Thanks a lot. 🙂
      I do agree with what you say about taking precautions, but the thing that annoys me about this group is that people are posting pictures of “sluts” without their knowledge, so it’s not like these women were posting the pictures of themselves on there, and thus baiting the misogynist fuckwits. They were just fooled by the apparent privacy of their own facebook pages, and probably betrayed by people on their friends lists.
      It is a sad, sad world we live in.

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