"The women of Bikini Kill let guitarist Billy Karren be in their feminist punk band, but only if he's willing to just "do some shit." Being a feminist dude is like that. We may ask you to "do some shit" for the band, but you don't get to be Kathleen Hannah."--@heatherurehere


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Death Threats

I don't have a lot to say about the fact that death threats are being put forth as some sort of protected speech at the moment, except to say that it really does sicken me that men think that it's somehow ok to make such threats, and then to add insult to injury by saying that people who won't tolerate death threats can't take a joke. This is one of the favorite techniques of bullies everywhere, from the playground to the presidency (those of you who are old enough to remember then-president Reagan joking 'the bombing will begin in 5 minutes' know what I'm talking about), but it's also one of the favorite ways that male bullies like to interact with women they don't agree with. As men who are pro-feminist, we need to shout down such violent voices.
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