Prompted by an endless slew of Facebook messages that range from unsavory to downright disturbing, Mayberry’s article explains how women, both in and out of the music world, have to deal with countless vile sexist acts online.
When the group wrote a Facebook post calling out some of the creepy messages that bombarded their inbox, including “I’d fuck the accent right out of [Mayberry] and she’d love it,” they received comments back saying horrific things like “this isn’t rape culture. You’ll know rape culture when I’m raping you, bitch.” Mayberry states that it is time for women to no longer suffer and silently “deal” with online sexual harassment and for the men in question to really evaluate their abhorrent behavior.
“But maybe it’s the personal side to online interaction that these men fail to grasp. It seems almost too obvious to ask, ‘Would you condone this behaviour if it was directed at your mother/sister/daughter/wife/girlfriend?’ but maybe going back to basics is what the trolls or 4chan addicts need. To learn a little empathy. To have a little respect for other people. To think before they speak.”
This isn’t the first time a popular musician has made a comment about sexism. Earlier this year, synth-pop artist Grimes wrote a passionate post via Tumblr in which she shared her thoughts on misogyny, stating, “i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized [sic]” and “I’m tired of creeps on message boards discussing whether or not they’d ‘fuck’ me.”
Although society’s view on women has improved throughout the centuries, it is clear that misogyny, objectification, and rape culture permeate throughout, especially online. Hopefully Mayberry’s article will hit home and inspire one less man to harass under the veil of online anonymity and one more woman to stand up and say she won’t take this barbaric treatment any longer.
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