Mean People Suck

And so does this: Blag Hag, aka Jen McCreight, has quit blogging:

I love writing, I love sharing my ideas, and I love listening to the ideas of my readers. But I simply no longer love blogging. Instead of feeling gleeful anticipation when writing up a post, I feel nothing but dread. There’s a group of people out there (google the ironic term FtBullies to find them) devoted to hating me, my friends, and even people I’m just vaguely associated with. I can no longer write anything without my words getting twisted, misrepresented, and quotemined. I wake up every morning to abusive comments, tweets, and emails about how I’m a slut, prude, ugly, fat, feminazi, retard, bitch, and cunt (just to name a few). If I block people who are twisting my words or sending verbal abuse, I receive an even larger wave of nonsensical hate about how I’m a slut, prude, feminazi, retard, bitch, cunt who hates freedom of speech (because the Constitution forces me to listen to people on Twitter). This morning I had to delete dozens of comments of people imitating my identity making graphic, lewd, degrading sexual comments about my personal life. In the past, multiple people have threatened to contact my employer with “evidence” that I’m a bad scientist (because I’m a feminist) to try to destroy my job. I’m constantly worried that the abuse will soon spread to my loved ones.

The level of hatred and vitriol directed at woman who speak their minds is truly astounding. It’s not stoning but sometimes it can come pretty damn close.

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One Response to Mean People Suck

  1. Mari says:

    I simply had to comment that one, too.

    I have very different opinions on feminist issues, but as someone who had to endure several years of bulliyng I cant stand bullies for what its worth. I believe that bullies must have missed out of some very important issues in their lives, when they think they can act in whatever way it suits them. Just cause you dont like a person, it doesnt mean that you can act in whatever way you want.

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