- Category: Women's Liberation
- Published on Monday, 5 August 2013
- Written by IS Network
We in the IS Network are appalled to hear of the threats of violence made to our comrade and friend Laurie Penny on Twitter. We stand in solidarity with her, and with all the women who have recently been subjected to similar disgusting misogynist abuse online, now escalating into open threats of violence. We stand with BME people, LGBTQ people, and disabled people who have suffered hideous slurs on social media. The recently announced anti-abuse button on Twitter is of course an overdue and welcome response to this, but this abuse is fundamentally an expression of a deep social sickness of our sexist society. Arguably the only silver lining about this barrage of bile on social media is that it lays very bare the extraordinary depth and breadth of this sexism. Such sewage, up to and including sexually violent and murderous threats, is an extreme manifestation of the everyday sexist tropes that permeate and saturate our society. Laurie has been a stalwart fighter against such depredations, for a world fit to live in, where such abuse is a thing of the past. We are proud to stand with her.
International Socialist Network