Disclosure: I don’t know her personally and I am not signed up to her politics. I rarely like what she says and I don’t like what she says about Murdoch. But I’d walk the streets with her to support her in her comments about how misogynist abuse is hurled at women in the public eye.
I’m talking about Louise Mensch who spoke out this week about the level of vitriolic abuse she received on Twitter after she defended the Murdoch empire (see this Guardian article )
She highlighted a serious issue about Sexism in Britain today. Yes, people have the right to disagree with her views. Yes, if you put yourself up there as a public figure you must take the brickbats along with the plaudits.
But no one should be subjected to the hateful sexist comments made about her on Twitter. What is horrifying is that so many were about the fact that she is a woman and were of a sexual nature, relating to the sexual violence they would like to subject her to. I can’t even bring myself to repeat them but she saved some of them in her Twitter account under ‘favourites’. And they are clearly not just from ill educated louts. (Although there is an argument to be made that anyone with those attitudes falls into that category-I’ll make that argument).
So to anyone who says to me we don’t need feminism anymore, that there really isn’t an issue if women take advantage of all that’s on offer, I refer you to Louise’s twitter account, and I applaud her for drawing attention to something that we as a society need to address. And that’s a first!
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Posted on May 4th, 2012 by Jane