Women’s Rights Petition: Demand Facebook Remove Pages That Promote Sexual Violence (easy activism)

Posted on September 21, 2011

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Women’s Rights Petition: Demand Facebook Remove Pages That Promote Sexual Violence | Change.org. check it:

The following are actual pages on Facebook:  “Raping your mates girlfriend to see if she can put up a fight”, “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina,” “I know a silly little bitch that needs a good slap,” and “Riding your Girlfriend softly, Cause you dont want to wake her up.” These clearly are in violation of Facebook’s own policies and need to be removed.

Facebook’s own Terms of Service prohibit content that is “hateful, threatening,” or contains “graphic or gratuitous violence” Moreover, users are specifically barred from posting content that aims to “bully, intimidate, or harass”

Now, of course i feel conflicted about things like this.. do we want to put a band aid over a problem (getting pages taken down) instead of addressing the fact that people think this is a good idea and frequent these pages?  Is the problem the pages themselves or the fact that people engage with it?  Of course, the fact that they violate facebook’s TOS makes it easier to sign.  Of course I can hear people now saying these pages aren’t threatening or hateful but for “fun”, but what a privileged position to take when the threat of rape is not a real and constant one in your life.   Rape is about power and control, and it is and should be considered a hate crime.  

And if nothing else this petition is one way to address the fact that this shit is intolerable. Shmeh. I’m signing it.

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