Was a feminist writer threatened off a debate?
Oh hey, it's another day on the Internet. Must be time for a story about an outspoken woman getting bullied and threatened. This week's reported target: British feminist lesbian writer Julie Bindel. On Tuesday, the controversial activist announced she's dropped out of a student-run debate at the University of Manchester. She claims that since her appearance was announced, she's received over thirty harassing messages, "including death and rape threats, with three so severe that she reported them to the police."
In the UK, Bindel, who writes regularly for the Guardian, is a polarizing figure. She's the founder of Justice for Women, an organization that "supports and advocates on behalf of women who have fought back against or killed violent male partners." She's vocally anti-porn, which she states "causes harm," and sex work, which she calls "violence against women." And perhaps most notoriously, a decade ago, she wrote a piece called "Gender Benders, Beware," in which she opined that "I don't have a problem with men disposing of their genitals, but it does not make them women, in the same way that shoving a bit of vacuum hose down your 501s does not make you a man." Disagreeable stuff? Hell yes. Rape threat-worthy? Well, is anything really rape threat-worthy? (Hint: No. Never.)