Today, women across the web are boycotting Twitter and encouraging other men, women, and non-binary allies to do the same with #WomenBoycottTwitter
Before I participate in or promote any sort of activism, even social media activism, its always good to do 2 things: 1) research why this boycott began and what is the goal of it and 2) make up my own mind about how I feel about the purpose and goal.
I could go into how I am a life-long fan of Rose McGowan. From Devil in the Flesh to Jawbreaker to Charmed and so many more. How I fell in love with her and Marilyn Manson as a couple and her appearance in Coma White (still a favorite song of mine). But the thing is, this situation is so much more than just Rose.
When Rose McGowan publicly spoke about the attacks of Weinstein I was appalled at the backlash but, sadly, not surprised. Thing is, so many women, myself included, don’t always come forward immediately or openly about attacks by men. We are rarely believed and, even when we are, we are often blamed for the attacks. What was she wearing? Why was she alone with him? Why didn’t she protect herself? Why did it take her so long to come forward? Now, as type those questions, I’m nauseated and close to tears because its like being violated again and again just to read them.
I was so proud of Rose and so many other women that came forward. My anger flashed at those that fought against them and, like many on social media have stated, it made me wonder how many women they harmed in their lives in the same way. So when Rose was given a short ban from Twitter for calling out one of these men, Ben Affleck, for his hypocrisy and cover up I, like so many others, was outraged.
The rape culture and violence projected on both men and women by those in power is not just in Hollywood. Over the past week I have read posts, tweets, and blogs by women, men, and those on the spectrum that share how bosses, would-be bosses, editors, managers, agents, and more have forced themselves on their clients and employees in exchange for favors.
One of my favorite authors, Catherynne Valente, shared how an unnamed editor propositioned her in exchange for publishing one of her manuscripts. Immediately the backlash began. People, men specifically, saying she should name the predator (who is no longer in business and wasn’t well known even at the time). One came out saying that if she was backing the rights of sex workers (he used the words prostitutes which is actually derogatory and shows more of the man’s character) then she shouldn’t be complaining about being propositioned (I know, the ignorance and trolling is strong with this one).
Twitter and Other Social Media Need to Step Up!
Why is it that a woman stepping up and calling out people supporting and continuing rape culture is banned, attacked, and abused and nothing NOTHING is done to her attackers? Why is it that social media sites, media, and people in general are supporting predators and letting them have a voice instead? Some very serious questions to ponder today.
This is the purpose of #WomenBoycottTwitter. I hope that the questions spurred, the emotions stirred, and the thoughts provoke continue.
You are invited to join in this boycott. Let us send a message to social media that we do not condone the attacks on survivors of rape and abuse nor do we support predators continually given a voice.
I have to admit, I peeked at Twitter today and was proud to see the silence. All that showed on my feed were promos, posts that were obviously scheduled like horoscopes and Halloween countdowns, and media streams. Thank you women and allies. May our Silence be heard.