Pants-of-dog wrote:I like how maz quoted an article opposing his position.
Actually, I thought @maz ‘s post was quite appropriate. It well illustrates the ableism of these activists.
Another example of feminist activist ableism occurred in Melbourne in late 2016.
This is Laura Miller’s rant saved from Facebook.
You're all freaking out about Clowns but women are made to feel unsafe every damn day.
Today when I was on Tram 57 heading into the city, I witnessed this guy creep on each of the three other young women who were on the tram with me.
This is how it went down.
I was sitting at the front and didn't notice you initially until I looked up and saw you waving your hand in front of the face of the young Asian woman you were sitting next to. She looked shocked, and when she didn't respond you stood up and leaned over her and demanded that you give her a "high five" and shoved your hand in front of her face again. She stared pointedly straight ahead and it was obvious that she was fucking scared with this random over-dominating man leaning over her demanding that she give you attention that you were never fucking entitled to.
I got up from my seat and sat next to her to put some space between her and this festering turd of a human being.
You noticed and sat down opposite me and leaned towards me and just stared at me. You didn't say anything at first. That look was enough to tell me that you wanted to put me in my fucking place.
I locked eyes with you and stood my ground.
I was fucking terrified and angry at the same time and quickly started trembling with what was probably supressed rage and nerves at the confrontation.
How dare you go out of your way to make women feel unsafe in a public area.
I stared you fucking down while praying that you wouldn't get fucking violent.
You mumbled something and it became apparant that you were tripping balls on something but I've had encounters before with people who are under the influence, and your behavior towards the women on the tram was nothing short of fucking predatory. That wasn't the drugs. That was you.
I steeled myself up and responded "You right mate?" in a tone that I hoped would imply I wouldn't tolerate your shit.
You looked away and spent the next few minutes standing across from us staring until the young Asian woman I was sitting next to got off and thanked me for sitting next to her.
I hoped that would be the fucking end but it wasn't.
You went and sat down next to the other young Asian woman and when she got up immediately and moved seats, you followed her.
You sat down across from her, legs sprayed across the seat in an attempt to invade as much as her personal space as you could while leaning towards her.
I watched you, and I watched her face mingle with disgust and also fear.
This was the second woman in the space of five minutes you had made feel unsafe.
She left the tram soon enough and it wasn't too long until you zoned in on the last young woman on the tram besides myself, sitting in a seat staring out the window.
You sat next to her, and you stared at her.
You stared at her for a good minute or two and you leaned forward making sure she could see that you were fucking staring at her.
Then you started moving towards her, taking up as much space as you could on the seat and squeezing next to her.
Her face and body language was the same as the two previous women.
You made her feel uncomfortable and unsafe, and you violated her personal space because you felt entitled to it.
When you put your elbow up on the back of the seat with your hand dangling dangerously close to her boob I stepped in and asked her if she wanted to come sit next to me.
She said yes, and moved without saying another word.
You then proceeded to take up the entire seat and glanced occasionally at me as I stood next to her seat. I was ready for a fucking fight by this stage.
Four women, including myself.
Four women in the space of 20 minutes you actively seeked out, disrespected and violated their personal space.
Four women who you seeked out to dominate and intimidate through body language.
Four women you made to feel unsafe in a public space.
When you realised that I took your photo you started yelling at me about what right I had to do that.
Well...WHAT FUCKING RIGHT DO YOU HAVE TO SEEK OUT AND INTIMIDATE WOMEN?!
IF YOU DON'T WANT UNWANTED ATTENTION THEN DON'T GIVE UNWANTED ATTENTION.
It is that fucking simple.
Some people argue that street harassment isn't a "real" problem. It fucking is.
No one should be made to feel intimidated or unwelcome in a public space but this is the reality that women face every damn fucking day and I'm sick of it.
Not only am I sick of the harassment, but I'm sick of a culture that remains silent on it.
I am sick of men and women seeing these everyday assaults and remaining silent.
When you remain silent you are letting these perpetrators know that they can get away with their actions.
You're contributing to a society that allows this behavior, that says it's okay for men to actively prey on women and treat them as sexual objects and not as human beings.
By staying silent you become part of the problem.
Men, women don't owe you squat.
You are not entitled to our attention.
You are not entitled to our bodies.
We don't owe you the time of day.
Saying that, this loser went out of his way to make women feel unsafe today and then complained when I gave him unwanted attention back.
So I'm asking you all to share this.
Share my message and make these low lives realise that this behavior will not be tolerated anymore, and make them feel what it's like to have unwanted attention.
When it comes to street harassment, I will be silent no more.
It's up to us to fucking support each other and stop harassment when we see it happening.
#feminism #hollaback #streetharassment #women #feministrant
— feeling angry.
This led to a doxing and online harassment campaign of the guy in question until....
It turned out the guy was autistic and his behaviour had been misinterpreted.
So is there a lesson for progressives to lesson from this?