In today’s Online Opinion Melinda Tankard Reist writes about a Facebook page where people can post photos of girls they reckon are sluts:
Since when did it become OK to hate women and girls so publicly and to judge them so mercilessly?
Apparently it already has a million members. One million people who don’t think there’s anything wrong with this:
One average normal young woman is standing in a front yard looking relaxed and happy in a long blue summery dress. This girl cops a torrent of abuse on the site. Because girls can’t just look or actually be relaxed and happy. They must be covering up for the fact that they’re really sluts.
Other images are of larger sized girls posted purely to be ridiculed. And they are. Condemned for being alive, though some men comment that despite their obvious hideousness, they could still manage to find some use for them.
There is even a picture of a woman with a bashed face.
Each girl or woman is analysed based on her body parts and what she is wearing. The text includes allegations of their prostitute-like ways, describing multiple STD’s, multiple pregnancies to multiple fathers, and all the sexual acts they have ever allegedly performed on multiple men.
What’s it going to take for Facebook to realise they have to stop this shit? It’s fucking disgusting. Free speech my arse. If it was about Indian students, or indigenous Australians, it would be taken down straight away. But it’s ok to hate on women. Because they’re sluts. And deserve it.
Forty years ago, Germaine Greer wrote in The Female Eunuch that women don’t realise how much men hate them. I think it’s becoming abundantly clear.