So, in case you’re out of the loop of internet DRAMA, quite a bit of it has sprung up over a reddit board called “creepshots.” It consists of pictures of women in public taken without their consent. A tumblr was recently made de voting to identifying the men who contribute to this blog called Predditors, providing information about the men who post to this board. Those who were identified immediately began crying about their privacy being invaded (not so fun when it’s you, is it?)
Thing is, Predditors got taken down, but now it’s back up with password protection. Luckily, the identifying material has been preserved and uploaded to google docs, so it can still be shared. Click the link above.
Again, everything that is on Predditors is PUBLIC INFORMATION that was READILY AVAILABLE on sites like OkayCupid and Facebook.
Jezebel (which can be problematic but occasionally is brilliant) has a wonderful article about the situation, and Gawker has an article about the monster behind creepshots and how Reddit actively protected him, links to both of which have been banned on Reddit.
Here’s the deal:
If innocent women can’t expect to have privacy, respect, and basic human dignity every time we leave our house, then the men who victimize them can’t expect to have anonymity on the internet.
Do not fuck with women, we will fight back.
Yesterday, I decided to go look through the “haram” tag on tumblr; I’m not entirely sure what peaked my interest but it’s fairly interesting to see how people use the tag. I found a list of things considered Haram in Islam through a convert/revert who was confused and asked if this list was right or wrong.
I found a few problematic things with it. Here is a link to the list, for you to follow along. More under the cut, because it is long.
Let me tell you about bullshit:
It /is/ the above image. I normally would have scrolled right past this and not given it a second thought but here is why I decided to post it and post a rant underneath it:
A friend of mine posted it on facebook and when I replied about it being really stupid and dumb and unfounded, he went “well he uses the scientific message, ergo his conclusions are correct”. When I told him that a) that’s bullshit and b) he DOESN’T USE THE SCIENTIFIC MESSAGE BECAUSE YOU CAN’T SCIENTIFICALLY MEASURE THIS KIND OF THING, he had my /brother/ message me and say that I was being “mean” and that I just “want to disprove everything”.
Listen, ok? This isn’t about disproving everything. Your reasoning is flawed, whoever this guy is is butthurt and I’m annoyed that they would try and say this is the GODDAMN SCIENTIFIC METHOD WHEN IT IS NOT STOP BADLY EMPLOYING SCIENCE TO BACK UP YOUR FLAWED JUDGEMENT OMG
As a general disclaimer: this is a post about feminism, specifically my views about feminism and how I choose to interpret feminism as it applies to my everyday life/decisions/what have you. This is not the /right way/ to apply feminism or the /wrong way/. it is simply my way. Over the course of my tumblr I have reblogged many things, somethings I still agree with somethings my opinion has changed on. However, I will not go back and delete them 1) time and effort 2) they’re a part of my growing process and deleting that progress is like pretending that losers don’t exist. Alright, le-stuff under the cut.
It’s not because she is anti-Islam, Islam-hating to the point of rude and ridiculous. It’s not because she is racist towards everyone who does not fulfill her ideals. It’s not because she fills her topics with hate filled trigger words that draw ignorant people in and leave bitter people trying to grasp at straws and defend themselves against so much blatant hatred.
It’s because Debbie Schlussel is an anti-feminist.
Debbie Schlussel does not believe a young girl should grow into an independent woman. Debbie Schlussel believes the idea of “waiting passively for your prince to come” is what is best for young girls and any other message that says otherwise requires deprogramming because a woman should be entirely dependent on a man to save her.
The article in question was a review of ‘Mirror, Mirror’, a movie that just came out really recently. It is a movie I haven’t scene but I can tell you right at this moment that I’ve never read the words of a woman who is working hard to put women and the human race back fifteen hundred billion years. And I quote directly from her website
Toward the end, Snow White locks the prince up, telling him that she grew up in the castle “reading so many stories where the prince rescues the princess. And I think it’s time to change that story.” Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan would be proud. Yuck.
I understand when someone does not label themselves a femenist. It can be a very hard title to understand, especially with the negative backlash against it. But to be so vehemently against your own gender that you’d willingly tell your own daughter to sit back and wait for a man to take care of things, instead of take care of herself is disgusting.
There is more, of course. There is the fact that she is a self-claimed “Muslim/Radical Islam expert”, but the fact is that she does not and will never understand what Islam is if it danced naked in front of her. Her “fanbase” is full of similar people—xenophobic, racist, pretending to have read the ‘koran’ (it’s spelled Qu’ran, mind you?) just so they can call themselves experts. In reality, much like other sort of extremists, they gather all of their information from false websites, like Debbie Schlussel’s and spread their message of hatred so that it seeps deeply into the hearts of those around them, spreading an emotional disease through out the community.
I don’t understand how one person can be so against humanity as a whole. Does she get tired of writing about hatred all the time? I get tired reading her hatred. To me this has nothing to do with religion, even though it is clear that religion is of the utmost importance to her. This is the pure hatred she loves to spread.