‘Thought police’

‘Usually, people wait to read what I have to write before getting angry about it’

Journalist and professor Katie Roiphe. (CBS News/YouTube)

Controversial feminist writer Katie Roiphe has authored a rebuke against Twitter feminists who targeted her with demeaning insults in the wake of rumors that she planned on exposing the identity of Shitty Media Men list creator Moira Donegan. Long before her article on the #MeToo movement, titled The Other Whisper Network: How Twitter Feminism is Bad For Women, was published on Monday by Harper’s Magazine, Roiphe said that she had seen tweets calling her “pro-rape,” “human scum,” and a “harridan,” among a plethora of other insults. “Usually, people wait to read what I have to write before getting angry about it,” she says dryly in a video Op-Ed for CBS News.

“It felt like there was a mob with torches outside the window,” Roiphe wrote in her piece for Harper’s. “In his novel, 1984, George Orwell created a phrase for my accusers: ‘Thought Police.’”

According to Roiphe, there is a disturbing similarity between the frantic name-calling of so-called Twitter feminists who attack people online for having “ideas or politics that are different from ours” and Trump supporters who tweet “lock her up” at Hillary Clinton. If the #MeToo movement is to truly succeed, she argues, it’s important for people to hear “lots of different opinions” and conduct a genuinely open discussion about issues pertaining to sexual assault and workplace harassment.

“Anyone whose feminist activism consists largely of hurling abuse at other women,” she concluded, “might want to take a look in the mirror.”

Below, watch a video from CBS Sunday Mornin. Roiphe reading a full statement on her stance on the #MeToo movement and the backlash she’s faced.

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