Friends, I have a request to make. The writer and feminist activist Soraya Chemaly has written a very important open letter to Facebook asking them to stop tolerating hate speech on their site that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women. This is a real issue that is astonishingly actually happening.
Most of the following is from her letter, with a bit of editing for this blog post:
Facebook allows images of women beaten, bruised, tied up, drugged, and bleeding, with captions such as “This bitch didn’t know when to shut up” and “Next time don’t get pregnant” by appending a [humor] disclaimer to it, which literally treats violence targeting women as a joke.
At the same time, FB regularly removes pictures of women breastfeeding, women post-mastectomy and artistic representations of women’s bodies, and bans as porn women’s political speech that involves the use of their bodies in non-sexualized ways for protest….while actual pornographic content – prohibited by FB’s own guidelines – remains.
Soraya and many respected organizations — and I stand with them 100% — are calling on Facebook users to contact advertisers whose ads on FB appear next to content that targets women for violence, to ask these companies to withdraw from advertising on Facebook until FB bans gender-based hate speech on their site. Please read open letter to FB and let your voice be heard. You can easily contact the advertisers on Twitter and use the hashtag #FBrape.
Thanks for helping create a world that works for all of us and one we can be proud to leave to our kids.