Blog: Another feminist voice silenced on Twitter
This time it’s mine. A scarily obsessive hate campaign against me by a disgusting and apparently very disturbed individual called Jacob (Jake) Alley, whom I blogged about previously, has culminated in my permanent suspension. How do I feel? Totally unsurprised as, having seen one feminist or sympathiser after another get banned for challenging transgender ideology and the bullies who promote it, I knew it was on the cards. Every time I’ve dived into that cesspit of misogyny recently, I’ve half-expected it to be my last. Naturally, I’m honoured to be in the company of the likes of Meghan Murphy, Kellie-Jay Minshull, Venice Allan, Miranda Yardley and many others who are hated by the trans cult because we can’t be beaten through reasoned debate.
I am also, I have to say, relieved. I have tried to leave Twitter many times because it is a thief of time – time that could be better spent on real-life campaigning, developing this website and writing blogs. I can still take from it what I need for this site – links to articles and screenshots of vile, abusive, hateful and insane Tweets from trans activists – but I can no longer be drawn, against my better judgment, into pointless squabbles. Hurray! To answer one of the questions asked of me today, I have no intention of appealing the ban or of going back under a different name.
I dare say many more users will be banned now that Twitter is clamping down on what it calls “misgendering” and “deadnaming” (see glossary if you don’t know these terms). The latter isn’t something I generally do myself. People are entitled to change their names to whatever they like and, so far, I’ve revealed (but not used) the birth name of only one of the many people who’ve targeted me online. That person being the one who goes by the name of ‘Elise Hendrick’, whom I also blogged about previously and who I believe – as I believe of Jake Alley – may be a dangerous psychopath or sociopath or maybe some other kind of ‘-path’. Since blogging about this monstrous individual, I’ve had several strangers contact me with more information, which has only served to confirm my impression: vicious nutter, steer well clear. I regard the fact that, after I blogged about Hendrick, he made his tweets private, with considerable satisfaction.
As for “misgendering”, back in May I tweeted this and I stand by it.
Until relatively recently I had no objections to using the pronouns that made people happy as long as those people weren’t nasty, vicious, misogynistic bullies as so many trans people online have turned out to be. In truth – and this will garner the disapproval of some feminists I love and respect enormously – I still don’t mind using preferred pronouns for ordinary, decent transgender people as a matter of courtesy. But it is a courtesy – not a human right. What I will not do, is be harangued, threatened or bullied into using them. Anyone who tries to police my speech can get stuffed, basically.
So, given that Twitter has nailed its colours to the mast and that these are the colours of male entitlement and trans-activist bullying, it was only a matter of time before I got booted from Twitter and I’ve no doubt my banning will be followed by many others. I can’t express how much I appreciate the many messages of love and support I’ve received. One word that crops up again and again is ‘brave’ but, honestly, I really don’t think it takes bravery for someone who is in my position (about which I am not going to elaborate) to speak up online. I think the brave ones are those who are doing so much in their communities and outside of social media and that’s something I intend to be doing a lot more of (if I can summon up the courage, of course).
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