Recently, several feminist bloggers have had their sites taken down by DoS attacks (including Feministe), and have faced threats of murder and violence. A taste (warning: may trigger):
Heart, this is horrible. I’m sorry that this is happening to you. These people want nothing to do but to hurt you and your cause. I feel for you.
In fact, I want to feel you now. I’d like to tie you down, take a knife, and slit your throat. I’d penetrate you over and over in all orifices, and create some of my own to stick myself in.
Most feminist bloggers I know have had comments like this, but this appears to be some sort of organized strike — the comments are coming so fast that it’s shutting down entire sites. It’s probably pretty dumb of me to write about this, but I’ve never claimed to have good judgment when I’m angry about something. The attacks seem to be related to one particular site, which I’m not going to link to — but if you want to check it out, it’s encyclopedia dramatica -dot-com; the specific page is the one about Cheryl Lindsey Seelhott. It says:
Following the battlecry of “The war effort needs your effort”, Anonymous groundtroops from across the world began a series of massive assaults against the antics of the feminist extremeists. Blogs were identified as possible challengers, websites marked for attack, and individuals who rose up within their community quickly shot down.
Both of Cheryl’s domains, as well as the websites of several of her supporters were shut down due to excessive bandwidth usage in the series of raids. Finally giving up, Seelhoff announces her capitulation before the legion
This is beyond the pale.
We’ve had our differences with Heart and other bloggers before. I’m sure at some point early in this thread, someone is going to bring up Biting Beaver’s comments about her son. So I’m going to preempt that here by saying that her comments are not relevant to the discussion about these attacks. None of these women brought the attacks on themselves. And even if you don’t like what they have to say, the ongoing strikes against feminist blogs, coupled with the rape threats and the death threats, threaten all of us. These people aren’t differentiating between Heart and BB and me and Piny. We all fall under the feminist banner, and so we’re all fair game. Beyond that, shutting someone down because you dislike their politics is unacceptable (and illegal).
But I don’t know what to do. How do we respond to this?
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