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Why I stand with Clementine Ford #endviolenceagainstwomen

December 4, 2015

Clementine Ford
Every day, around the world, women and girls are harassed, bullied and abused on social media.

Daily Life columnist, Clementine Ford, was recently the victim of a hateful online attack because she made a man accountable for his actions online, and he lost his job over it his behaviour. Angry people targeted Clem with threats of sexual violence, assault and death because she “cost an innocent man his livelihood.”

Clementine did not demand that he be fired, she simply contacted the employer listed on his public facebook page and asked them if they were aware of how their supervisor treats women online. They chose to terminate his employment, because of his behaviour. Not hers. You can read more about that here.

The shitstorm that followed was repugnant. Clementine was threatened with despicable violence, gun shots to the face, rape, you name it. Reading the list of threats and insults was awful (you can see them here) and I can’t imagine how I would cope if that shitstorm landed on my doorstep. But Clem didn’t go to pieces. She just kept writing.

Clementine is known for starting debates online, and not everyone loves what she does, but what she says or how she says it is not the point. The fact that she should be able to say it without receiving death threats on her public pages is the point.

#endviolenceagainstwomen

Today is the beginning of a movement on social media. A group of 400 women in women are standing together and saying no more. No more will we let Clem bear the brunt of this attack alone, but it’s not even about Clem anymore. It’s about all of us. Freedom of our speech and to feel safe in voicing our opinions.

There were a few voices in that strong group of women that said they feared for the consequences of what is going to go down today, this social media rising. They feared these groups of men would find them, and their families and the wave of hate would be turned on them, and I admit I’ve thought long and hard about whether I should be involved.

I’m an open book, my life is online and for the most part, I get away with it, but then I thought isn’t that the point of all of this?

Isn’t it the point that we as women are fighting to not be afraid in our homes, on the streets, online?

Today, and every day, I stand with Clementine Ford and every other woman who has been abused, or threatened with rape and murder for simply expressing an opinion.#endviolenceagainstwomen

These men – they are not exclusively men, but a vast majority are – need to be held to account. Social media platforms should provide more protection. And legislators, in all jurisdictions, must work together to stop violence against women.

Online bullying, threats, and insults are cyber violence, and today we will take a stand specifically against Clem Ford’s attackers, in the hope of making a change in the safety of women online.

#endviolenceagainstwomenToday on social media a group of over 400 women in media will collectively be naming people who spilled vitriol onto a writer who expressed her opinion.

Today on social media we will take a stand against online violence against women.

It may be just a small drop in the ocean, but eventually the drops add up to a wave, and that may be the wave of change.

Have you ever received online bullying?

How do you think it should be handled?

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4 Comments

  • Reply adamjclements December 5, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Well said Holsby. I dont know what goes on in the mind of most of those guys (I read the comments) and nor do I care to. Is it a game to some”hate the smart girl” ? Is it more complex than that? Prove it dickheads. Why are none of them hating his employers who sacked him? I stand with Clementine too, largely because I am the father of a young girl and I don’t ever want her to experience that sort of ignorant, hateful garbage. Nor would any parent. But also because I’m a fella and those fellas don’t represent me or anyone I would call friend.

  • Reply Emily December 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Well said. Well done. This whole thing is super impressive and I hope you’re all okay as I’m sure you’re copping it. x

  • Reply Amy jones December 12, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I took part in the endviolencetowardwomen campaign. I was bombarded by 20 accounts telling women were more violent. Then one account googled my work place – a primary school – and threatened to tell my employer about an ‘incriminating’ facebook post from may. So basically searching for my personal info. Publishing it. Threatening me with it! Yet thats the beahaviour all these ‘men’are up in arms about. Difference being i did not take part in an online attack of harrassment of an individual. I did nothing to deserve it. Just speaking my mind! I told my boss. He was understanding as i had been ‘cyberbullied’. His suggestion was not to enter discussions with potentially abusive men online. Sigh.
    These ‘men’ who bully online have all the traits of narcissist abusers. They also gaslight. They play victim at their victims. There is one youtuber who made a movie claiming she is ‘the face of evil’ makes a video series to attack her then tells himself he is the ‘victim’. Lots of men love him because he spoke out against the evil ‘feminazi’. These men need a voice of authority (to them) to call them out. They are wrong wrong wrong and they are smokescreening their abuse… denying it, minimizing it, blaming the victim. They have all the traits of real life abusers.

    • Reply Danielle January 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      I don’t know how I only just saw this comment, but I could not agree with you more. I only recently found out what ‘gaslighting’ is and it’s so evil. I’m sorry you got backlash from the campaign….it kinda further highlights how important it is to stand together against it though, huh?

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