Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Silencing women with accusations of mental illness and rape threats

A former high school friend of mine and all-round fabulous feminist, scholar and activist, Maia, is currently being harassed by Clint Heine, a right-wing blogger affiliated with the ACT Party, New Zealand's most right-wing political organization. One of Heine's commenters suggested that Maia and her political views (which they interpret as signs of "mental illness") could be silenced with "a big black dildo."

I'm not going to dignify Heine's blog with a link, but you can read the post where Maia speaks out here.

Two things perplex me about this case. The first is that misogynists think they're doing anything new by accusing women they don't agree with of mental illness, and then suggesting they could be shut up if only they got to have sex more often. Don't these creeps have any new arguments?

The other things is that Clint Heine blogs under his real name. Does he not care that probably all his future employers will Google him and discover that he is apparently unashamed of expressing such sexist, racist sentiments?

I think it's about time feminists spoke out en masse about this guy. I'd like to call upon feminist bloggers to support Maia by blogging about Clint Heine, since his employers deserve to know what kind of a man they're hiring.

5 Comments:

Blogger frog said...

I suspect he writes under his own name because, as a man, he's essentially untouchable. Who cares whether he's a bigoted pig? It's a guy thing.

Mleh.

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Nella said...

He's holding out for an employer who's a bigger wankstain than him and will be impressed by that sort of behaviour.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Z said...

Yes, it is very telling that this man has the luxury of flaunting his biggotry and misogyny about with no fear of retribution. I think it might be more 'acceptable' to prospective employers overall to be a 'bit of a rogue' than a feminist! This is the world we live in...

and people think 'we don't need feminism anymore'.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name seems to feature on just about every NZ site going, his tactics are so predictable, he posts offensive comments on otherwise rational debates to draw attention and deliberately ruins previously balanced dialogue, classic E troll with nothing to add to any forum, well known to be a nuisance but unfortunately a lot of newbies are taken in by his spamming, best bet is to ignore him, don't feed the trolls.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name seems to feature on just about every NZ site going, his tactics are so predictable, he posts offensive comments on otherwise rational debates to draw attention and deliberately ruins previously balanced dialogue, classic E troll with nothing to add to any forum, well known to be a nuisance but unfortunately a lot of newbies are taken in by his spamming, best bet is to ignore him, don't feed the trolls.

3:31 PM  

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