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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:14 PM

Does Facebook Hate All Women—or just Feminists?

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/11/does-facebook-hate-all-women-or-just-feminists/

I will begin by saying that I have been a huge Facebook fan; I met my husband through mutual friends on Facebook, as well as partners for various women-oriented projects over the last few years. But something seems to have shifted lately—nearly everyone I spoke to regarding this article shared the same conflicted sentiment: we have enjoyed Facebook for the connections it has brought us but feel we have been unfairly censored or punished.

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What is troubling is that Facebook has allowed certain posts, which are derogatory towards women, to remain on its pages, while penalizing feminists for speaking out against them. Facebook has allowed hyper-sexualized images of women to remain, as well as comments, posts and pages that support rape culture; Soraya Chemaly wrote an excellent article several months ago about Facebook’s misogyny problem.

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As Adrienne Rich said, “The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.“


The censorship of women on Facebook must stop; it is only when we speak up that we will truly know how widespread this problem is and change it. Please share your stories in the comments section below—we need a platform to discuss and change Facebook’s policies as they affect women. Then, we can organize and fight for change.

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redqueen Nov 2012 OP
JustAnotherGen Nov 2012 #1
Live and Learn Nov 2012 #2
CrispyQ Nov 2012 #4
ismnotwasm Nov 2012 #3

Response to redqueen (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:18 PM

1. bookmark

Because I want to take a deep dive later!

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:21 PM

2. The better question is, why aren't all women feminists?

I mean seriously why don't women understand how much effort has gone it to getting them the rights they currently have? I guess I shouldn't be surprised since the work unions did have been forgotten too.

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:57 PM

4. I'm with you. I don't understand it at all.

Didn't some repub congresswoman recently say that women shouldn't be allowed to vote because we're too emotional? WTF? And the comment after the election that selfish women voted for Obama - we selfishly gave more consideration to having autonomy over our bodies than we did the fiscal cliff. WTF?

Mind boggling misogyny. Is it getting worse or does it just seem that way?

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Response to redqueen (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:37 PM

3. I avoid Facebook

So I'll just say it doesn't surprise me. Social media turns over all kinds of rocks, and pasty writhing creatures are exposed to the light. Patriarchy ensures many find these little worms attractive. Ugh

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