And who are the real terrorists in the community again?

#mikebairdMP                              #jrobertsonmp

Received by a Muslim family in Sydney

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We think that other Muslims have received these threats as well.

This is typical of the behaviour of cowardly far right hate groups like the various flavours of ADL.

NSW Premier Mike Baird has stated that he does not want Muslims targeted by bigots.

Sending anonymous threats by post or using electronic media to threaten or harass people is illegal.

So if anyone receives any threats either in the mail, by telephone, via e mail or via social media, or who are abused or threatened  in the street by these low-life, take government advice  and go to your local police and report it.

You will receive an event number which is a record of your complaint.

When you have done so let your local State MP know and give them the event number.

Remember you have the support of all fair-minded and tolerant Australians.

Hey Facebook, rape is not a punchline

dailylife
May 28, 2013
Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford

Writer

And it’s a great big ‘thumbs down’ from us to Facebook.

One of the downsides of the world’s largest social networking site is its facilitation of hate speech, misogyny, homophobia and racism.

Facebook has more than 1 billion users, a demographic so large that it stands to reason pockets of it would exist to entertain the worst of humanity’s bottom-feeders. While you can’t blame an organisation that provides a free service for attracting rape apologists, racists, homophobes, misogynists and hate-filled bigots, you can hold them to account for knowingly facilitating this kind of behaviour, hiding behind the banner of “free speech” to defend pages with titles like “I kill bitches like you”, “I love the Rape Van” and “Raping Babies because you’re f—ing fearless”. And if they still refuse to address it, reasoning that their reach and influence is so great that not even a bunch of panty-twisted feminazis can dent their huge success, then you attack their bottom line.

It’s exactly the motivation behind the #FBrape campaign currently being run by a trio of online feminist activists. Jaclyn Friedman from Women, Action & the Media (WAM!), Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, and writer Soraya Chemaly have joined forces to urge Facebook to take seriously the bilious swill that masquerades as humour on their website, and that so often makes the rape, assault and even murder of women and children their punchlines.

There’s an absurd irony in the fact that Facebook seems to take a zero tolerance policy to the uploading of breastfeeding photos (many users have been reported and even temporarily banned for sharing images of them feeding their babies), yet it took weeks and a Change.org petition with more than 100,000 signatures to get Facebook to remove a “humour” page called “What’s 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? My knife” and that they continue to respond to images urging the rape of women with tepid excuses like this (after the jump).

The #FBrape campaign began with an Open Letter to Facebook and continues by asking people to notify advertisers when their ads appear on pages promoting misogyny and violence. The algorithms of Facebook mean that ads appear dependent on the users; an ad for Samsung might appear on a page urging its users to “Kick a Slut today” simply because a user happens to have a fondness for both violence and photographic composition (or perhaps even both, given by how many photographs and videos of women and girls being raped have made their way onto the social network.)

But while a company mightn’t elect to advertise on a page that tries to pass off the trauma of rape as “controversial humour”, knowing that it could appear that way without their permission is what underpins the #FBrape campaign. Since the campaign launched last week, companies have already begun pulling advertising, a trend that will hopefully gather momentum as more organisations realise the value in defending women against what representatives from Facebook have referred to as “rude jokes”.

Look, I love a rude joke. I don’t even subscribe to the view that jokes about rape can never be funny. But as Molly Ivins once said: “Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful … When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel – it is vulgar.”

The reason misogyny runs so rampant online is because it’s completely facilitated by our culture. As a woman, I find jokes that make fun of rape culture hilarious. What I don’t find funny is a joke that relies upon the sexual degradation and torture of a woman to raise a laugh. I especially don’t appreciate the minions of Mark Zuckerberg, whose media empire began as a way for Harvard students to minimise the worth of the women in their community by rating their attractiveness, telling me that the real problem here is political correctness and sensitivity.

Male rape “humorists” of Facebook, you try living in a world where one in five of you will be raped in your lifetime; where safety is never guaranteed because even if you haven’t been raped yet, you still could be; where it is common and not rare for your friends to confide in you the stories of their own sexual assaults, some of whom have been victimised multiple times; where when you are raped, you’re reminded of all the ways it was probably your fault; where the leading cause of death among women aged 15 to 44 isn’t heart disease or cancer, but domestic violence; where less than 1 per cent of all sexual assault charges will result in a conviction, because no one wants to ruin the promising futures of young men who “made a mistake”; and where the biggest concern in all of this is not how the perpetuation of these kinds of jokes tell women that they’re nothing, but whether or not a person’s freedom of speech is being threatened.

But more than that, more than the violence, more than the blatant misogyny – you try living in a world where you are reminded at every turn that you’re not allowed to complain about the joke, because you are the joke. And when you’ve come close to experiencing what that feels like, to be marginalised as fodder for juvenile male humour, to be treated as a punchline in more ways than one, and to be expected to laugh along with it so as not to spoil the fun for all the boys who find the idea of kicking you in the vagina “hilarious”, then you tell us to stop being so goddamn sensitive about everything.

Petulantly arguing for your right to unleash violent misogyny free from persecution or criticism doesn’t just misunderstand the concept of free speech, it also betrays an ironic sense of entitlement. Women are expected to endure attitudes whose logical conclusions result in them being beaten, raped and sometimes killed, with any complaints thrown back in their face with a specially tailored threat to accompany it. But tell any one of these so called freedom fighters that their jokes are a hideous insight into their own warped minds and it’s like Stonewall all over again.

This is what the #FBrape campaign is revealing – the insidious, nasty entitlement of cultural misogyny and its skittish reaction to anything that threatens its absolute right to continue unchecked. It’s also why I’m lending it my full support. Like Friedman, Bates and Chemaly, I’m over it. I’m tired of being expected to applaud the continued degradation of my people, to marvel at the cleverness of juvenile, angry sexism, to laugh along as these men show me in every foul, unimaginative, aggressive way possible that they think I’m nothing more than a series of holes for them to violate as they please. You should be too.

NB: Men are the victims of rape and violence too – most often at the hands of other men. And while their trauma is real and far reaching, it has yet to be further compounded by a culture that continuously reminds them of how little control they have over their own bodies and safety. Male rape jokes revolve around the threat of prison issued punishment. Female rape jokes are about ownership. In both situations, it’s about the dominant patriarchy wielding masculine power. This isn’t a fight between men and women. It’s a fight between people who respect women as equal human beings and people who don’t.

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Facebook’s hate speech problem

Facebook’s big misogyny problem

Update

Online protests prompt Facebook to crack down on pages promoting violence against women

Facebook has responded to the campaign in this long and somewhat typically self-serving post.

Law and Order: Not-so-special-victims

Bogots are very well acquainted with “the law”. Often of course it is because they have had many documented encounters with the police for breaking said law. So the inside of the local courtroom is often as familiar to them as it would be to the most accomplished silk. At the same time they wail incessantly about their “rights” and “entitlements”.

Allen Green

Looks like “Allen” has some knowledge, albeit distorted somewhat, since he posted this in a group consisting of a motley assortment of nutzis which attacked, defamed, threatened and stalked an anti-racist.

His post was followed by a ponderously incoherent rant from someone calling itself “Alan Jones” and displaying a picture of the late Charlton Heston, who died of Alzheimer’s Disease. An irony which has escaped “Alan” as he warbles and burbles across the landscape of his own planet (not to be confused with right-wing shock jock Alan Jones, a real person who has also had brushes with the law and who does not have Alzheimer’s)

Fake Alan Jones

Our interpretation – “Alan” has run into arrears with the rent, has been taken to court or to arbitration and was not happy with the outcome.

Sometimes though the bogots have actually undertaken a special study of “the law”. This special study in the first instance usually consists of a great interest in “efnic crime” and “Muslamic laws”.

Bonnie May Down

Tasmania’s own Geoffrey Robertson gives us her considered opinion on the status of an Australian-born woman whom her crew had been attacking (a regular occurrence) who happens to be Muslim.

We look forward to  Judge Judy Bonnie attempting to deport this person whom Rumpole Bonnie has declared to be a non-citizen. Watch out Chris Bowen, Bonnie wants your job!  Or maybe she wants Doug McClelland’s?

barrister

Bogot law only here thanks!

Not to be outdone, Bonnie’s law partner Linda manages to play fast and loose with factual evidence and assault the English language while possibly defaming the same person. Nice one Linda! We will follow your burgeoning career as a jurist with interest.

Linda Thoms

The bogot is very hurt that governments across the nation have absolutely no interest in the discredited practice of  ethnic profiling of criminals. This means that it cannot use official figures to back up its imaginary perceptions that all those Muslamics and non-white people are rampaging groups of ferals who are going to rape “our women”, (presumably beating the bogot to the task), despoil our children and rob banks while wearing burqas and practice something called “anti-white racism” which ranks second only to the mythical imposition of Shari’a law in this country in its ability to engage and enrage Straya’s finest amateur criminologists.

Joshua Horvath

Joshua is convinced we do ethnic profiling in Australia – or perhaps he does in his own little corner? At night when the grown-ups are asleep?

Shane Carpenter

Immigration consultant Shane is oh so very wrong. Even the most conservative Muslim is permitted by the Q’ran to seek residence in any country he or she wishes. Islam, like Christianity, is a missionary faith. So it would make no sense if all Muslims were confined to the arid wilderness of modern Saudi Arabia.

Then again nothing the bogots say really makes sense.

Lizzy Smith

Case in point. Firstly, very few Muslims wear turbans. Observant Sikh men on the other hand do.

Secondly, the hotel itself probably breached Queensland anti-discrimination laws. And we are all laughing at what “security breach” a Sikh man could possibly commit by wearing a turban – certainly a more elegant and hygienic piece of headwear than the filthy baseball caps and terry towelling hats we have seen the bogots wear in pubs.

Quick Lizzy, go and tell NSW RailCorp. Their Sikh employees wear turbans as part of their uniform.

As is usual with the cognitively impaired bogots, Shane is confusing the rules of Islam with the restrictions on pious Hindus. Hindus were long prohibited by their faith from leaving India because they would lose caste. If they did leave they were forced to undergo a lengthy purification process of prayer and fasting before they could resume normal life.  This is why the British tended to enlist non-Hindu Indians (Sikhs, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists) into their armies if their troops were liable to need to go overseas.

This religious restriction has largely disappeared as a result of cultural change, and Hindus are quite comfortable living in Australia – except of course when ignorant bogots target them.

The peculiar concept of “anti-white racism” (or its local variant “racism against white bigots Strayans”) is next on the list of legal topics for your keen bogot. When prompted for examples, a deafening silence falls, because with the bogot, it is always how it feels.

Rules of evidence

Rules of Evidence – Batty style

Of course in Straya, the rules of evidence one would expect in a common law court are somewhat distorted.

And as someone once wisely said

After all, you can’t put white people in their place when they own the place to begin with.

So perhaps the bogots had better watch this

And though opinion is divided amongst the bogots as to legal rights for gays and lesbians, perhaps the dominant bogot opinion lies here

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