A Message to Team Assholes.

So.

in your attempts to destroy Atheism+, Feminism, and the divisiveness of the basic logic that says “women are people”, you have “succeeded” in getting Jen McCreight take a break. Congratulations.

I put “succeeded” in scare quotes because you have essentially done nothing.

Some would use the phrase, “You’ve won the battle, but not the war.” I wouldn’t even go that far. I wouldn’t even say that you’ve won a damned fistfight.

You are, and have been, losing. You’re losing spectacularly. Every time you become angry that a woman doesn’t want to be propositioned in an elevator, every time you harass and sexualize a girl for the crime of posting a picture of herself, every time you insist that women are hypersensitive harpies that lie about harassment, every time you discuss whether or not it’s okay to rape someone if you have a reason for it, every time you become vitriolically upset at the idea that marginalized people want to organize a safe space, every time you graphically harass a blogger so much that she takes an indefinite break from blogging, you lose a little more.

Every time you show your true colors, someone new sees you for who you are. Someone who previously didn’t see a problem now sees it thrust right into their face. Someone who didn’t see a reason to act is mobilized into action. Someone who was afraid to speak up becomes angry and vocal about their opinions. Someone who already did all that they thought was possible is empowered to do more.

Every time you play your hateful game, someone new joins our team.

It is too late for you to win. You will only become less redeemable from here on out. You are past the event horizon, and there is no turning back. We are organized, we are angry, and every time you attempt to fight us we become angrier and we become stronger.

You attempted to disarm us by stealing our grenade, and left us with the pin. You advanced further onto our territory, and stepped into our minefield. You have, in your attempt to defeat us, defeated yourself just a little bit more.

So congratulations on that little “success”.

3 responses to “A Message to Team Assholes.

  1. classical cipher September 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Yep! We are the hydra, dammit.

  2. David Marjanović September 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Exactly.

  3. Thomas Guihen January 11, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Unless or until there is greater regulation of the Internet the type of unacceptable misogyny being referenced will sadly continue. This is a symptom of psychology rather than technology but even so. It is perfectly possible for two sides in a debate to engage with each other without recourse to what one is witnessing regularly. The natural default position should be to respect individuals but not ideas. Those can be taken to pieces and with zero regard for the consequences but individuals should be treated differently. That many seek to ignore this fundamental is sad but I am only responsible for my words and not those of anyone else. I treat everyone with respect no matter who they are or what they have done – I have no choice but even so. It is regretful that others cannot but I am not here to change the world only myself. I do however condemn all misogyny and without exception. Women are human beings and deserve to be treated as such. Zero exception. Being in possession of a vagina is not a reason to abuse someone.

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