Speaking up

Feminist writer faces online abuse after getting man who called her “slut” fired

(Facebook/Clementine Ford)

Clementine Ford, an Australian feminist writer says she has received an onslaught of online abuse after she called out a man who called her a “sl*t” on her Facebook page, which lead to him losing his job. After Ford shared his offensive message along with his Twitter profile and employer, Meritons Apartments, asking whether they were aware of the man’s behavior, the company responded that they did not condone this and he would no longer work for them. She was quickly flooded by abusive and threatening messages from internet users accusing her of stealing a man’s livelihood. “He is responsible for his own actions,” Ford countered in a second post. “Women are often told to stay silent about harassment because it’s not fair to ‘ruin a man’s career’. Why is their behaviour our responsibility? Enough. If you enjoy exercising misogyny online, you only have yourself to blame if the people with power over your life — your bosses, friends, family etc — decide that they don’t want to be associated with you anymore.”

In a column she wrote for an Australian website, she detailed some of the more horrific insults she had received, saying that while it’s not unusual for her to field abuse like this, “it tends to be more of a constant drip than a deluge.” She argued that she had decided to not stay silent this time, because she was “sick and tired of men abusing women online and continually getting away with it,” writing: “I can bear the brunt of this behaviour, but I’m angry about the number of women who tell me they can’t.”

Read the full story at ABC News and The Independent.

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