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Canadian feminist activist receives death threats and other abuse after being targeted by Men’s Rights Activists

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And so the MRAs have found yet another woman to hate.

Earlier this month, as many of you no doubt know, a Men’s Rights group sponsored a lecture at the University of Toronto. The event drew protesters, and the protesters drew MRAs with video cameras. One of the MRAs filmed a confrontation between a red-haired feminist activist and a number of MRAs who continually interrupted her as she tried to read a brief statement.

Her crime? She wasn’t exactly polite in responding to the interrupters. And so, after video of the confrontation was uploaded to YouTube, and linked to on the Men’s Rights subreddit and elsewhere, she became a virtual punching bag for the angry misogynists of the internet.

A Voice for Men, naturally, led the charge, running  an article by Canadian MRA Dan Perrins labeling her “Little red frothing fornication mouth” and commenting on her breasts. The Amazing Atheist weighed in with a video I couldn’t bring myself to even watch.

Since being targeted by angry YouTube misogynists and MRAs, the red-haired activist has received death threats, rape threats and literally hundreds of other hateful and harassing messages. She’s also been “doxxed” — that is, she’s had her personal information plastered all over the internet, including on A Voice for Men’s forum. Ten days after being uploaded to YouTube, the video of her faceoff against the MRAs has garnered more than 300,000 views, and YouTubers are still leaving threats and insults and crude sexual comments.

This, apparently, is what “Men’s Human Rights Activism” consists of: the doxxing and harassment of individual women.

Several days ago, she contacted me to tell me about the harassment she’s endured. Here’s some of what she wrote:

I’m the red-head. I’m sure by now, you’re one of the 260,000 people who have seen the video of me … .

Because I had the audacity to tell a dude to stfu, an MRA no less, I have since been the target of not only just online misogyny (as if that’s a surprise) but cyber stalking, rape and death threats. They somehow found my facebook, they found my tumblr, they found a twitter acct that I don’t even use, they even found an old [dating site] profile of mine with outdated info …

I also got an anonymous message on tumblr that specifically said “[name deleted] would be disappointed”. [Name deleted] is my dog that died 1.5 years ago, I don’t talk about him on tumblr, nor fb, so they would have had to reaaaaalllly dig to find this info. …

In about 12-24hours, I got about400-500 new messages on my blog, most of them hate, which included rape and death threats, also people wishing death upon me or the typical troll “kill yourself” message. They made a meme of me.

I dunno how many haters I have, and I don’t know where they are. I can’t be sure at any given second, if I’m ever outside my house … if anyone is going to recognize me and try to hurt me.

With her permission, I am reposting screenshots she sent me documenting some of the harassment she’s endured. Even though her personal information has already been widely disseminated online, I don’t want to contribute to that, so I’ve whited out any information that might reveal her identity.

TRIGGER WARNING for what follows, for threatening language and crude sexual remarks.

Here’s a death threat she received from someone claiming to represent the “Islamic Brotherhood.”

REDHFBmusbroDeaththreatANON

Here are some sample comments from her Tumblr inbox. I’ve whited out comments and parts of comments that consist of her contact info, which being sent to her in an attempt to intimidate and frighten her by letting her know they “know where she lives.”

REDHtumbmessDOXanonRedHtumblraddressANON

Here’s another threatening comment sent to her via Tumblr:

REDHTumbbakedThreatANON

Here are some comments sent to her via her YouTube account. You’ll notice that the second comment comes from AVFM’s Dan Perrins, who is clearly relishing the attacks on her.

REDHytheraccountDannyANON2

And another glimpse into her YouTube inbox:

REDHYTmessGagANON

Here’s a screenshot from a Men’s Rights forum revealing her personal information.

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Meanwhile, over on YouTube, the hateful comments continue to pile up. Here are some of the nastiest ones I’ve collected. I am deliberately posting a lot of them in an attempt to convey something of the relentless nature of the attacks on teh red-haired activist — though I should note I’ve only gone through a small portion of the total comments there and this doesn’t even reflect all of the awful ones I found. These are not in any particular order. I threw in a few non-threatening ones that struck me as a tad ironic or otherwise revealing.

REDHYTcheesegraterANON

REDHYTnewbulletANONREDHYTnewequalanonREDHYTnewkitchenpunchanon

redhytnewoad2anonREDHYTnewpunchedanonREDHYTnewtitsanonREDHYTnewpunchcuntanonREDHYTnewwouldhavepunchanonREDHYTnewpunchrapeanon REDHYTnewpunchagainanonREDHYTnewripjawanon REDHYTsaudiarabiaANON

REDHYTslitthroatANON

REDHYTneedstodieANONUSETHISONEREDHYTdoublepenANONREDHYTpunchANONREDHytgetrapedANONREDHYTwantpunchANONREDHYTshovedANONREDHYTfemdeserveANONREDHYTanotherpunchANONREDHyTpenisANON

Again, this is only a small fraction of the abuse she’s gotten on YouTube.

This is what happens when MRAs and other misogynists target a woman online. The only thing that’s surprising here is the sheer amount of the hateful comments.

I’ve seen no serious attempts from any MRAs to rein in this sort of hatred. A Voice for Men has tried to distance itself in a superficial way from some of the harassment it has played a central role in unleashing, with an official announcement asking readers to refrain from posting the personal information of the red-haired activist in the comments. Meanwhile, in the AVFM forum, comments  linking to her defunct dating profiles remain up.

This is what MRA “activism” looks like.

Coming tomorrow: A more detailed look at AVFM’s role in the harassment.

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Bagryanova
9 years ago

A “feminist” who openly mocks male issues, concept like “misandry” and is acting as priviledged b-word… do you really want to white knight her?

I am a feminist, but our movement will lose any support and credibility when people start to act as she “had a point”

We only will lose with “activists” like her… or cynics who promote her blatant hate-speech.

Sivi
Sivi
9 years ago

I assume the MRA Dan Perrins is different from this Dan Perrins?

blitzgal
9 years ago

So remember when I described these activities as terrorism in the previous thread about the jerk who called David’s home in the middle of the night? I was mocked by a troll in that thread for being “hysterical.”

Yeah, fuck you, MRAs. You use fear, intimidation, and violence to coerce women into silence. You are terrorists.

bahumbugi
bahumbugi
9 years ago

Redhead, I support you. I am so sorry and cannot imagine how frightening this invasive, horrific harassment is.

Youtube is so absurd. Every single time I look at anything there’s just hateful vitriol for absolutely no reason. I just hope that the verbal violence that internet anonymity facilitates does not translate to real danger. For this woman or anyone else.

The MRM constantly discussing suicide really disturbs me. One of their most frightening talking points (babbling points). I am hesitant to ever bring up the issue as its so tremendously sad. I imagine the typical MRA-reaction to the fact that women attempt suicide as much if not more (don’t have stats, it can be hard to differentiate between gestures and attempts) would be: men do it right, women are pathetic, whiny, histrionic, narcissistic, hysterical, etc.

bahumbugi
bahumbugi
9 years ago

Also, I’d like to personally apologize on behalf of The Dude — he would not endorse that shit.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

I see they’re confusing bullying with activism again.

Crumbelievable
Crumbelievable
9 years ago

“The angry response is a clear indication that they’re affected by the rapid rise of the MRM”

Or… it’s because anger is the typical reaction to threats of rape and murder. But hey, that’s just me.

Fade
9 years ago

Oy… every time something like this pops up I get a “i don’t want to live in this world” feeling.

I skimmed most of the comments because they were too horrible, but one that popped out was “feminists deserve rape as punishment”.

These kind of guys go on about how rape is about arousal and sluts dressing slutty giving men unwanted boners, but that cuts to the crux of the matter. They view it as a tool to punish women who step out of their place.

Sometimes, I want to build an enormous bullet proof fort and invite everyone who’s not like that over so we can have a decent people party, safe from the misogynistic jerkwads of the world.

Abnoy
Abnoy
9 years ago

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom- fighter. And feminists always claimed to seek equality after all.

Chie Satonaka
Chie Satonaka
9 years ago

FYI, I’m going by Chie now.

Mary
Mary
9 years ago

She was pretty rude, so maybe she deser-
NO

filo4000
filo4000
9 years ago

well that’s fucking disgusting, what’s more disgusting is/will be the canadian governments complete inaction towards protecting our citizen who has been made the target of an international (and local) terrorist group

BlackBloc (@XBlackBlocX)

Relay all my sympathies and comradely words of support to “Redhead”.

I see some irony in the fact here contact infos are out there for all to see and yet the only people who would send her messages are those who have no ethics to begin with (we others would like to convey support but would never use that adress without her consent!), so that the only thing she gets is a flood of hatred.

BlackBloc (@XBlackBlocX)

Also, Islamic Brotherhood Dude: actual excitable young Muslim man or some non-Muslim excitable young man using Islam as a cover story?

leftwingfox
9 years ago

And the first comment here is more “She deserves it?”

After a full page of fury? Christ…

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

(Points up)

MRA, not feminist. I can tell not only by how bad he is at impersonating a feminist, but because I’ve never encountered a feminist who writes that poorly.

Yellaine
Yellaine
9 years ago

Bagryanova, did you even listen what she said, or tried to say? I don’t know where it originated or who wrote it, but it seems to be the same text as this one:
http://our-lady-of-misandry.tumblr.com/post/46669178483

Zero mocking of male issue. 100% of explaining why feminism isn’t the enemy, why patriarchy is.

Also, there are actual people that both call themselves feminists and think misandry is a thing? Well, I guess it’s a very big world.

She is brave, she has plenty of valid points, she has awesome hair* and even if she wasn’t any of that she would still never deserve this flow of hate, threat and invasion of her life.

Does she has any kind of legal options?

*I know, that’s completly OT, but I dyed mined recently and I wished I got that kind of color.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

I think to keep your hair that color you need to dye it once every few weeks. Red fades fast.

Ugh
Ugh
9 years ago

@Bagryanova

mocks male issues

You get that the MRM does not talk about resolving any actual male issues, and is just a hate movement based on removing the consequences faced by rapists and child abusers, right?

Bad_dog
Bad_dog
9 years ago

Bangryanova: shut the hell up.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
9 years ago

I R feminist. Why U not believe me, you privileged bitches?

Fade
9 years ago

A “feminist” who openly mocks male issues, concept like “misandry” and is acting as priviledged b-word… do you really want to white knight her?

I am a feminist, but our movement will lose any support and credibility when people start to act as she “had a point”

I know you’re a fake feminist. 1, you used “bitch” as a put-down for women. 2. Nobody believes in misandry except MRAs and men who are whiny about losing their privilege. 3. You think that white knighting is real. 4 you think that female privilege is real (that’s what i”m guessing privileged b-word means).

5. It’s not our movement. Please gtfo. Or is that me “mocking” male issues?

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