No, Yvette, We Won’t Restrict Freedom Of Speech…

…just to give feminist harpies an echo chamber:

…, just as we would on the streets, in the pub or at work, we have to challenge misogyny, racism, homophobia and intimidation or threats against others that are designed to silence debate.

We need new guidelines and capacity for the police and prosecutors to deal with violent threats.

What, they don’t already have these? I find that strange, not to mention implausible.

Let’s be honest: technology and new media move fast, and this is all so new that no one is sure where we should draw the line, or whose responsibility it is to act.

We know exactly where we should draw the line, don’t we? It’s not like successful prosecutions never happen, is it?

And I won’t pretend to know all the answers.

Heh! Really?

But as Stella Creasy, who has led campaigning in this area, has argued, we can’t keep ignoring it because it’s hard. So here’s where the debate should start.

*girds loins*

First, we need new guidelines and capacity for the police and prosecutors to deal with violent threats, hate crime and stalking, which clearly break the law. Too many people feel they don’t get the protection they need.

But surely the point should be, do they actually get the protection the laws allows? Their feelings about it shouldn’t come into it.

Second, institutions could do more. Pubs give people warnings if they are being abusive, or kick them out if they are harassing other customers. The new social spaces – social media and newspapers that publish online comments – need to think about their responsibilities too. Membership organisations can set standards of behaviour they expect.

They do indeed do this. Every single social media account has T&Cs that you must sign up to, for which you’ll be suspended or banned if you breach them.

You might feel they don’t go far enough, but then, you’re free to set up your own social media company with the rules you want, and see people flock to it.

Aren’t you?

Third, more support and advice. Those who have suffered the worst persistent abuse say they feel very alone. But right now the rest of us don’t really know how to help or stand with them – whether to confront any online sexism thrown at us or ignore it. I’ve always tended to ignore it, feeling I can’t really be bothered to give it any oxygen.

But @EverydaySexism has shown the power of shouting back and speaking out.

It’s shown something, yes. But I don’t think it’s what you think it is..!

Frankly, all it’s shown me is what a thin-skinned bunch modern feminists are…

And fourth, we need to do more to prevent the next generation thinking online misogyny, racism or hatred is OK – and to prevent it from contaminating offline relationships too. We need compulsory sex and relationship education in schools to promote respect in relationships and zero tolerance of violence or threats.

Hmmm, that’s not going to go down too well with certain sections of the community, is it, Yvette? You know which ones, too.

The ones you hold segregated meetings for, so they don’t have to mingle with the womenfolk. I guess some misogyny is OK, though.

But anyway, what is the awful ‘problem’ that has prompted the latest outbreak of authoritarianism?

The comedian Kate Smurthwaite received 2,000 abusive tweets for objecting when a men’s rights activist called her “darling” in a TV debate.

Some called her “bitch”, “slut”, “harpy”; some were explicit threats of violence and rape.

After going on Question Time, the historian Mary Beard received hundreds of messages attacking her appearance. And the scientist Emily Grossman received so many hostile, sexist tweets when she talked about sexism in science, she was forced to take a break from social media.

Look, love, I’m not going to accept restrictions on my free speech, and tax rises to accommodate the new jails we’d have to build, simply because a couple of special snowflakes don’t know how to use the ‘block’ button, or want to paint themselves as purveyors of ultimate wisdom who should never see any dissent, no matter how dim or dumb their ideas!

15 comments for “No, Yvette, We Won’t Restrict Freedom Of Speech…

  1. Ed P
    December 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I feel sorry for Mrs. Balls, it’s obviously proving difficult for her to find something worthwhile to do these days.
    Her usual mantra of more state control, more laws, more rules to ensure people obey and do not think for themselves, shows she’s not learnt anything since Labour’s great defeat.
    Just imagine if it were she instead of Corbyn as Labour’s Pied Piper!

    • mikebravo
      December 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      She is probably still sulking about being beaten by a horrid man in a fair vote.
      She would like to call all those nasty rapist men who voted for JC sexists but what with them being lovely lefties she is stuck between a rock and hard place.

  2. Brightside Bob
    December 19, 2015 at 11:58 am

    “And the scientist Emily Grossman received so many hostile, sexist tweets when she talked about sexism in science, she was forced to take a break from social media.”

    Honestly, when I read that I burst out laughing . Was it really meant to be taken seriously?
    To use a modern phrase: First World Problems *sigh*

    • December 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

      Spot on!

  3. December 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    A male scientist who landed a space vehicle on a comet received hate-speech from feminists because of his shirt. They didn’t like his shirt ! The women who claim that any comment about their attire, or lack of it, or ‘slut’ appearance (their word for it) is misogyny. !!! He landed a space vehicle, by remote control, on a friggin’ comet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • auralay
      December 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      There were several female scientists / engineers shown in the TV shots.
      What a chance for feminists to highlight that women can do any thing they want and don’t just think about men and clothes…

      • December 20, 2015 at 7:01 am

        Feminists are going to do that, though, are they? It might make women think that the ‘anything they want’ includes ignoring feminists!

  4. cb
    December 19, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    At least misandry is still ok,but how is society to be managed without the use of threats and violence?This could be the end of BDSM as we know it.

  5. December 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Yep, no doubt about it, online feminazism, PCism and fruitcakery must be eliminated via the dissemination of the real stories.

  6. Errol
    December 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    In seeking to stop people talking about things they disagree with, Cooper wants more power for the state to oppress them, yet in doing so believes she is promoting free speech.

    Oh, the irony.

    • December 20, 2015 at 7:02 am

      She sees no irony, because, for her and her ilk, ‘free speech’ = ‘speech I agree with’

  7. john in cheshire
    December 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    She’s just writing for the sake it. Mrs Cooper-Balls was very annoying when she was part of the last Labour government and now she’s an annoying nobody. I don’t know or care about what she’s trying to prove, I just wish she’d shut up and go away.

  8. Hereward Unbowed.
    December 20, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Free speech?

    Cooper-Balls has not an inkling what is free speech, she’s a Marxist and as we all know well, so long as you toe the line and walk the walk and imposing your will upon all others – that’s fine and dandy.

    However woe betide you, if……………..

    If you fall off the path of liberal/lefty unconscionable consciousness, then, you are; the devil incarnate, right winger or something akin to Attila and Hitler or, denier, flat earther, mentally subnormal et bloody cetera. They [the left] always seem to have a mental incapacity to recall the likes of genocidal maniacs the likes of Mao, Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin and his henchman Beria – that’s known as selective memory and Cooper-Balls, like them all is guilty as proven.

    It’s left wing ignoramuses like Cooper-Balls who are the problem, for them, anything individualistic, speaking the truth by the use of FREE SPEECH – is total anathema and for all those who dwell under the stones – bottom feeding in the fetid ponds of the left.

    The perfidy of the progressives, who have been allowed to shape the world through the prejudiced prism of their pink tinted lenses and thus to bamboozle ‘we the proles’ with their egregiously schizoid remedy and to thus somehow redefine the English language…..
    And oh btw, free speech bit the dust many years ago here in the UK, ever since the most infamous of them all, a social engineer by stealth Roy Jenkins et al and the first race discrimination act of ~ 1965.

    Cooper-Balls waffle, proves she’s just all left wing cant.

    • Ed P
      December 20, 2015 at 11:21 am

      HU, you have formulated the perfect label for these deranged wimmin, “Left Wing Cant”. Let’s hope they don’t mishear that ‘a’!

      • mikebravo
        December 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        In sarf London it’s pronounced “caant”

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