A man in the UK was caught sending rape threats to a Minister of Parliament (warning: graphic language in the full story) and he followed the Misogyny 101 playbook To The Letter, using identical tactics to all the dudes who’ve been harassing Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn for months.
1: Get livid about a non-issue, in his case putting Jane Austin on the 10-pound note
2: Harass a woman publicly using gendered threats using twitter and youtube
3: Justify the threats because the target is well known, “If you can’t threaten to rape a celebrity, what is the point in having them?” as he put it
4: Accuse the target of restricting “free speech,” quote: “They are probably working with the government, the government wants to restrict freedom.”
5: Accuse the target of faking their own abuse: “Feminists are using it (Twitter) to push their own agenda, I think it might be a hoax”
6: When confronted, claim it’s all “a joke” or “satire” or worse yet: “Peter Nunn told police he had retweeted violent messages to further debate" (emphasis added)
I hope the punks read this. I hope everyone reads this and sees that these tactics to silence women are well-established.
"It’s not about gender!" they always say. So why do women face so much abuse over and over again? You can set your watch to these stages by now.
Rape threats are not debate. They are not satire. They are not funny. You are not championing free speech if your words are chosen to frighten and intimidate.
(thanks to @Manpuncher for sharing this on Twitter)