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March 26, 2007

Sick to my stomach

Filed under: It's just business — dionea @ 2:48 pm

I am sick to my stomach after reading Kathy Sierra’s latest post, Death threats against bloggers are NOT “protected speech” (why I cancelled my ETech presentations). My heart goes out to her, I can only imagine how terrified and violated she feels.

That the world is full of misogynist  bullies is not a surprise. Every woman alive has borne the brunt of some very nasty comments. Pre- internet and caller-ID it was phone calls, which we could at least hang up on, and get the protection of an unlisted number. (I’m still listed in the phone book under my first initial instead of first name for this historical reason.)

That this blogosphere community contains misogynist bullies isn’t a surprise either. Any community that is majority male, as the software industry is, will have its bad apples.

I’d like to think that your normal run-of-the-mill misogynist bully usually knows to draw the line when it comes to death threats. Except some don’t, especially when it comes to spousal abuse. With the added global pool of misogynists and the anonymity of the web, it’s all to easy for lines to be crossed.

What is shocking, and what I can’t come to grips with, is that other members of this community allowed this to happen.

The death threat poster needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. As a community we need to shame, ostracize, and hold accountable those responsible for enabling him.

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  2. I just took down a comment. To quote:
    “There was no threat made to Kathy. The entire thing is a misunderstanding or an intentional hoax which stems from my criticism of her books. I am the ‘Joey’ she is referring to and I ask that you read my reply at her site; assuming she doesn’t delete it.”

    Why did I take this down? Besides my skepticism about Joey being legit due to the nature of his email address and lack of URL, I can’t decide if Joey is willfully ignorant or willfully cruel.

    We’re a long way from knowing what really happened. I cannot say whether or not this particular “Joey” was involved. His protestations, however, remind me all to much of a rapist who hears “No, no, no” as “Yes, yes, yes.”

    In art life imitating life art, I’m reminded old “Six Feet Under” episode, where a young women is chased down an alley by a bunch of men, yelling something like “come on baby, we know you want it”. She’s terrified, runs into the street, and is struck by an oncoming car. Her friends, the pursuers, were all doing it in a bit of fun, and claimed to have no idea she could be so scared.

    If you’re reading, Joey, and others like you, never assume that death threats or rape threats are a joking matter. Ever. Not even when you’re both face-to-face, laughing. Especially never in media such as email or the web.

    Comment by dionea — March 26, 2007 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  3. With respect for Kathy

    Kathy Seirra, one of the top three bloggers that I know of has been under attack. The short story is some people thought it would be comical, daring, or cool to slander the woman over the internet for whatever reason. The entire situation is foolish bu…

    Trackback by Can't see nothing but the source code — March 27, 2007 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  4. One thing that has been encouraging in all of this is to see how a lot of the blogging community has come around to support Kathy. Hopefully the perpetrators will be fully prosecuted, and as awareness is raised, the blogosphere will become a safer place.

    Comment by Nathan — March 28, 2007 @ 6:58 am | Reply


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