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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.


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