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On the Mighty Censorship Powers of Radical Feminist Bloggers

It has come to my attention that not *everybody* has read Laurelin’s fine post about the way we radfem meanies “censor” people by, for example, sending their inane and trolling comments directly to spam. 

Dear detractors who try to comment on my site before being evilly censored by my mighty powers, 

I am sick, like many other radfem bloggers, no doubt, of being told I’m ‘censoring’ someone when I refuse to publish their inane/ insulting/ pointless comments on my blog. I have discussed the true meaning of censorship here, and defined it as an action of the powerful against the powerless, rather than as not being allowed to vomit nonsense in a radfem safeplace.

But I’d like to add a bit more to this: It is not a virtue to allow abusive commentators on one’s blog. You heard me. Allowing those who insult, deride, revile and abuse space on one’s blog without explicitly condemning their actions is tantamount to condoning them. Not everyone deserves to ‘have their say’, because the abusive MRAs who comment on feminist blogs and are ‘censored’, always have their say. It is their victims who don’t. Not every viewpoint is worth publishing.

Read and enjoy the whole thing.

Heart

Discussion

20 thoughts on “On the Mighty Censorship Powers of Radical Feminist Bloggers

  1. Entitlement, entitlement, entitlement.

    The reason they are knocking on radfem doors is because their conscious is knocking on their door. No one and I mean no one who supposedly feels so right in his or her opinion would spend so much time and effort trying to convince others of the rightness of their opinion because their feelings of rightness would bring inner peace. The fact is, these idiots have inner turmoil because they know they are wrong. And instead of doing the courageous thing and dealing with that turmoil, facing it head on, they employ their abuser tools, —divert, deflect, diminish, and when no one is willing to hear their diverting, deflecting, and diminishing they are left alone with that knock on the door, that pounding, that beating, that consistent turmoil that will not go away until they see the light.

    Posted by Kitty Glendower | September 25, 2007, 5:46 pm
  2. That should be the other conscience. Their conscience knocking on their conscious’ door. Wake up….Wake up…Wake up…..

    Posted by Kitty Glendower | September 25, 2007, 6:02 pm
  3. Thanks Heart🙂

    Posted by Laurelin | September 25, 2007, 8:34 pm
  4. We’re censoring them–*snort* Suuuure. ‘Cause their abusive mysogynist comments are just SO important for everyone to hear!!😀

    Posted by Chloe | September 25, 2007, 9:00 pm
  5. I think it is important that radical cenorship should control the speech that they let through. I, for one, would not want to express myself if there a lot insulting anti- feminist messages, especially those justifying porn. Women have limited ability to express these experiences of living with the violence of men and how they live with too much of men’s hate. Men want to control our speech, and refuse to leave us in peace.

    Posted by Rebecca | September 25, 2007, 11:35 pm
  6. I’m glad this post of mine was appreciated, as when I wrote it I was worried I sounded too angry. But then, there’s nothing wrong with angry, when it is merited. Damned feminine self-censorship…

    What was always most frustrating for me was seeing propornsters on other blogs saying ‘Laurelin censored this comment of mine, so here it is’. Well I’m a pretty lousy censor if they can still freely publish their drivel elsewhere, am I not? The stupidity, it hurts!

    I would rather be accused of censorship by the pornsick and by MRAs than have survivors feel intimidated into silence on my blog. Ironically, people who have called me a censor (censorer? What’s the noun for this?) are those who through their aggression and abusiveness silence others. And the self-righteous ‘Well I publish all comments on my blog, I can’t bear censorship’ drives me up the wall. It’s the song of the privileged; let them warble it elsewhere, like, I dunno, on their own blogs for example?

    But basically it’s a political strategy being used (whether they are conscious of it or not), and one that must be resisted, however hurtful the accusations of silencing are.

    Posted by Laurelin | September 26, 2007, 12:06 am
  7. I so sorry about the first sentence in my message. It should be –

    I think that radical feminist blogs should control the speech that they let through.

    I am quite stressed at the moment. Sorry.

    Posted by Rebecca | September 26, 2007, 12:11 am
  8. actually they do sing the ‘I can’t stand censorship’ song on their own blogs, that was me screwing up the syntax. Duh to me. My excuse is that it’s late/early here and I’ve been reading on histiography.

    Posted by Laurelin | September 26, 2007, 12:14 am
  9. Interesting how misogynists feel entitled to violate women and their space. Since when does an assault = free speech?

    The 1st amendment grants Amerikan citizens the right to speak out against the government. IOWs, it grants Amerikan citizens the right to disagree with and speak out against those in power without the fear of being persecuted, executed or imprisoned. It does not grant people the right to say whatever they damn well please. It never was about that. It never will be about that. The Bill of Rights was put in place to protect the people from the tyranny of the government. It was never meant to protect us from our neighbors. And it certainly wasn’t meant to enable those with power to bully and trample all over those that have been deprived of power. Au contraire. It was meant to do the exact opposite of that. Of course when the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were drawn up, women, Native Americans, and people of color need not apply. Only white boys were considered “people,” you see. Talk about special rights! The entire Consitituion and Bill of Rights were designed to give white boys special rights that were not afforded to others. And its purpose was to protect the little white boys from the big white boys. Apparently there are still many out there that would like to keep it all this way. Oh well, it’s nice to want things.

    In the meanwhile, misogyny is politically, economically and culturally accepted world-wide and a multi-billion dollar industry. Doesn’t sound much like censorship to me. Reverse things much?

    Posted by Luckynkl | September 26, 2007, 1:14 am
  10. Also, it’s worth noting that the anti-feminist assknobs are the ones who took down several feminist websites and threatened a number of women bloggers. So, how are we censors and they’re not again?

    Posted by mekhit | September 26, 2007, 7:32 am
  11. Not to forget Nikki Crafts Myspace which identically they turned over to Larry Flynt.

    “Myspace has removed our therighttobeleftalone website and turned it over to Larry Flynt. So myspace will shrug their shoulders about getting rid of abusive stalkers, pornography and misogyny, rampant over there, but they sure managed to get our site off tout de suit. If you have linked to that site be sure to remove the link. We’ll post another url when we put it back up. Thanx“.

    Taken off the manufactured contempt blog.

    Posted by sparklematrix | September 26, 2007, 1:22 pm
  12. “And the self-righteous ‘Well I publish all comments on my blog, I can’t bear censorship’ drives me up the wall.”

    They’re lying. I’ve seen the people making that claim quite rightly refuse to publish racist comments.

    What they mean is they tolerate attacks on individual women and women in general. Anything less than an atmosphere of misogyny is censorship in their eyes.

    Posted by delphyne | September 26, 2007, 1:41 pm
  13. That should be *Incidentally* not identically.

    Posted by sparklematrix | September 26, 2007, 2:21 pm
  14. Delphyne. Contact me.

    Posted by Sis | September 26, 2007, 4:45 pm
  15. No can do, Sis. The e-mails keep getting bounced back to me.

    Posted by delphyne | September 26, 2007, 5:19 pm
  16. “!!FREE SPEECH!!”
    What a laugh.

    Why anyone clings to an Amendment that was passed and ratified way before blacks or women could even *VOICE* their opinion in elections is insanely hilarious.
    And very telling.

    And since when was the last time speech was free? When was the last time our words did not cost us?

    Free specch is an illusion.

    Posted by pisaquari | September 27, 2007, 4:16 pm
  17. There seem to be a large number of trolls, off topic orcs, and thread derailers who are becoming more and more concerned about bloggers who do not welcome trolls, off topic orcs, and thread derailers. As they imagine the future of blogging, they see no place for them in the conversation. They will be left with no one to talk to but themselves.
    I look forward to it.

    Posted by thebewilderness | September 27, 2007, 7:12 pm
  18. God, I love these guys. I have my rules posted right on my site and they whine they don’t usually read the title page or bio or whatever; why can’t I make the rules all special and sparkly and someplace where they won’t have to so much as click to find? Same difference, same guys.

    You’d think they’d figure out that ignoring a feminist’s rules amounts to ignoring a ‘no’ is just not the message they want to be seen giving, but they’re clueless. Hi, radfem blog here! No beginners, pro-pornies, (I almost typed that pro-ponies and amused the hell out of myself), MRAs, FRAs, what have you. Why in hell if they’re one of those do they have to comment on my damned blog? Or your blog? It’s just conquest to them is all, and they don’t realize that no matter what they say their actions are telling.

    Posted by ginmar | September 29, 2007, 10:40 am
  19. I read it as pro ponies and got a chuckle for my own self.

    Posted by thebewilderness | September 30, 2007, 12:09 am
  20. Radical feminism is one of these most powerful tools of analysis around, and I am absolutely delighted to read these incredible comments.

    Sisterhood is indeed powerful.

    I look at patriarchy as being the wizard in the Wizard of Oz, where he’s telling us, “don’t look at that man behind the screen, the great and powerful Oz….” well you know the rest.

    A radical lesbian feminist blog is a miracle, and yes, the powers of evil will try to stop it or interrupt it. They have no interest in dialogue, nor do they have any understanding of feminism at all. That goes with the territory.

    However, we do understand it, and can be proud of our lesbian feminist accomplishments. Very proud indeed.

    Read the book “The First Sex: The Natural Talents pf Women and How they are Changing the World” by Helen Fisher. She paints a portrait of 21st century life where women’s skills of caring, networking and superior communication will and are changing the face of the world.

    She uses global statistics incredibly well. Lesbians are acknowledged, and women’s greater acceptance of diverse sexuality is also mentioned, probably because men view sex as an “act” and women view it as a complete process.

    I was so inspired by this book and about what we as women have accomplished worldwide. What a joy!

    Keep up the great work here!
    Love,
    Satsuma

    Posted by Satsuma | October 24, 2007, 5:32 pm

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