Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: THREATS, RAPE, ABUSE, HARASSMENT, ENCOURAGING SELF-HARM]

They Are Not Trolls. They Are Men.

This is the kind of unapologetic, non-word-mincing writing I can get behind.

I've actually met "Rosie" in person and she's wonderful. She's written a lot of amazing and very personal pieces on her blog. I recommend taking a look through the top ones, at least.

Here's an excerpt from the latest:

By calling these people “trolls,” we are basically letting them off the hook. It’s a lot like the “boys will be boys” mentality that helps to keep rape culture thriving, but it’s also different, because boys are expected to be human. By calling these people “trolls,” we relegate them to non-human status, and we make it clear that don’t expect them to live up to the same behavioral standards as human beings.

YES. They are not fantasy creatures, something distant and magical and hidden and rare. They're abusers, and abusers are everywhere. There's a good chance you know at least one.

No more talk of "trolls." It's past time to take this shit seriously - a point that Rosie drives home in her piece. Read the whole thing.

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