A suggestion for Jen McCreight

Jen McCreight is the author of Blag Hag. She has recently withdrawn from blogging due to attacks made against her by bigoted extremists.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/blaghag/2012/09/goodbye-for-now/

I’m done with blogging for an indefinite period of time.

I hate to do this. After my brief vacation from blogging this summer, I felt recharged and ready to write again. But that happiness ended almost instantaneously.

I love writing, I love sharing my ideas, and I love listening to the ideas of my readers. But I simply no longer love blogging. Instead of feeling gleeful anticipation when writing up a post, I feel nothing but dread. There’s a group of people out there (google the ironic term FtBullies to find them) devoted to hating me, my friends, and even people I’m just vaguely associated with. I can no longer write anything without my words getting twisted, misrepresented, and quotemined. I wake up every morning to abusive comments, tweets, and emails about how I’m a slut, prude, ugly, fat, feminazi, retard, bitch, and cunt (just to name a few). If I block people who are twisting my words or sending verbal abuse, I receive an even larger wave of nonsensical hate about how I’m a slut, prude, feminazi, retard, bitch, cunt who hates freedom of speech (because the Constitution forces me to listen to people on Twitter). This morning I had to delete dozens of comments of people imitating my identity making graphic, lewd, degrading sexual comments about my personal life. In the past, multiple people have threatened to contact my employer with “evidence” that I’m a bad scientist (because I’m a feminist) to try to destroy my job. I’m constantly worried that the abuse will soon spread to my loved ones.

I just can’t take it anymore.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/blaghag/2012/09/you-know-how-i-was-afraid-the-hate-would-spread-to-my-family/

Yeah, so now people are harassing my dad. Weee. I found that link after the fact – I originally found out because I’m home for vacation and he knocked on my door to laugh about the stupid comments he received on his blog. Partially because he thought I was the only one who read it and isn’t used to getting comments, let alone articulate ones like:

YOUR DAUGHTER IS A SLUT!!!!!!!!!!! That’s right, you raised a SLUTTY SLUT SLUT OF A SLUTDAUGHTER!!!!

And

After reading that I can certainly see why your daughter turned out to be the laughably irrational, nauseatingly self-important attention whore she is today.

No, my dad shouldn’t have remarked that he wants to punch my abusers in the face. That’s wrong, even though I know he has never hurt anyone and was speaking out of anger because someone he loves is facing constant abuse. I don’t think he should have said such a thing because like I’ve said before, violence is never the answer. But I don’t know how it shows I’m a big baby because my dad wants to say that he loves me. I didn’t ask him to make that post.

No one deserves to put up with such abuse. The simple fact that such abuse occurs is evidence that the positions of the attackers, whatever they may be, are unworthy of respect.

Jen may take whatever breaks she wants, but when she returns the bigots will still be out there and will attack her yet again. The solution to such attacks is simple: Stop letting them do it!

Blag Hag is HER blog and thus stopping attacks against her on it is simply her exercising her property rights; it’s not like the government censoring people where there is no other recourse. But at the same time, the hateful comments made against her should remain; those comments are themselves the proof she would need to show how dishonorable her opposition is.

Indeed, not only should the bigots be blocked, their names and references to what they did should be posted in a special place for all to see, like what is done here:

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/dungeon/

or here:

http://dalehusband.wordpress.com/entries-that-refer-to-banned-people/

The same internet that allows bigots to attack others also makes their attacks visible and accessible even years later when they think people have forgotten them. Jen, take advantage of this!

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