Have you ever heard that quote by Desmond Tutu? Here's the extended version:
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."
Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm mouse.
At least, I am in the sense that I'm a woman. My whiteness also makes me an elephant, plus my straightness and cisness and my lack of disability, and other things. But when I hear that Anita Sarkeesian was forced to cancel a feminist lecture at Utah State University because there were multiple threats of a mass school shooting should she be allowed to speak, I feel like a mouse. I think about how I've planned my first lecture at a small college nearby and how I would like to do more in the future, and my metaphorical tail hurts.
One of the biggest pains in my tail is the people who will again and again, no matter how severe the violence or how severe the harassment or how severe the threats get, say that they come from a "small but vocal minority."
Fuck you, because that is not reassuring to me, and also it is not meant to be reassuring to me. It's meant to be reassuring to YOU, to assure yourself that you don't actually have to feel obligated to do anything about the massive tidal waves of threats and abuse, because no matter how effective it is in silencing the target, it's okay somehow because a small amount of people are doing it.
Well guess what? It sure as hell doesn't feel like a minority. When I see reports of vocal feminists getting so much harassment from this "small but vocal minority" that they can't even handle their Twitter accounts and email accounts because so much of it is drowned in awful, awful words, the idea that it's only hundreds instead of millions of men sending those messages doesn't make me feel any better.
Now, let's bring this back to Desmon Tutu's quote. "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." You know who's the majority in these situations? The neutral. The millions of people who either don't care, don't care enough to do a single thing about it, or care but are really only invested in distancing themselves from the bad people and so run around reminding women about the relatively small number of bad people in comparison to the entire human population of Planet Earth. The silence or the annoying useless self-reassurance of this majority only serves the small but vocal minority that would rather I be dead than speaking about my oppression.
So, NO, you fuckwads. It's not a "small but vocal minority." It's a large, mostly silent but sometimes vocal majority. And you're in it.