Fuming September 5, 2012Posted by ubi dubium in Rants.
Tags: A+, atheism, BlagHag, Boob-Quake, feminism, FTB, Greta Christina, Jen McCreight, MRAs, Rebecca Watson, Skepticism, stupidity, Surly Amy, twitter
Jen McCreight has announced that she is taking a break from blogging at BlagHag. Why? Because of the continual abuse she suffers on her blog and on twitter for the apparent crime of being female and vocal. And for attempting to do something about the fact that every time somebody mentions that abuse is not OK, the result is more vitriolic abuse. And that the abuse redoubles simply because she wants to establish one small corner of the internet where people can talk safely without the interruption and aggravation of that abuse.
Jen, I am totally behind you in this. Take a break from whatever you need to, for as long as you need to. If you never go back to twitter (or not under your own name) then that’s fine. If you never go back to blogging, I’ll miss you but I’d support that too. Finish your PhD, be the best damn biologist out there, write a book, or just retire to some nice beach somewhere and watch the ocean. Do whatever you want on your own schedule. From Boob-Quake to Atheism Plus, you’ve given us your time and effort and wonderful writing over the past years and been completely amazing, especially for someone so young. You don’t owe us anything, we owe you. And you certainly don’t owe the haters any of your time and energy.
And now the challenge. I’ve been inspired to blog by Jen, and Greta, and many many others. So now I need to figure out what I can do from my one small little blog. My decision to stay off twitter will stand for now, as does my decision to stay off Facebook. The internet already consumes enough of my free time, without seeing updates on what some old acquaintance had for breakfast, and I’m old enough that a cellphone is an annoyance, not an appendage. I’ve joined the A+ forum, but I’m not sure quite which goals to work on there yet. I’ve got some thinking to do, and then probably some serious noise to make down the road.