job interviewer: so where do you see yourself in three years
me: midnight premier of pacific rim 2
The takeaway from their “funny” hoax is supposed to be Everyone loves a sex scandal! – but that’s only true if you’re not the one being attacked, or you’ll never be the one being attacked."
It is “only natural,” we were told, for men to seek out nude photos of famous beautiful women and share them with other men. It’s “just what happens” what you choose to “put yourself out there,” you see.
Yet there’s a long history of sex-related violence and exploitation being used intentionally as punishment against people, especially women, who step out of line. It’s not “just what happens,” it’s not “only natural,” like getting electrocuted if you touch a live wire. It’s done on purpose to deter people from doing things that make men feel threatened, or to take one’s anger out on them once they’ve done it.
The threats against Emma Watson are just the latest example of this. A few hackers didn’t like what she had to say about feminism. They didn’t like that a woman was able to access a platform so noteworthy. They didn’t like that her speech was so well-received and went so viral. They didn’t like that a “feminist bitch” was being heard. So they threatened to retaliate."
Apparently there’s now a lot of confusion over whether or not this was a “hoax” as opposed to an empty threat, and whether or not the company that apparently was behind the “hoax” is actually a fake company run by 4chan users, but at the time I wrote this (last night), this is what I was thinking, and I think it’s still pretty relevant.
It does seem it was a really, really stupid hoax.
But the people who first saw and commented on the thread didn’t know that. And they wrote things like “If only her nudes got leaked and she had the load on her face. Her feminism kick would be over" and "feminism is a growing cancer" (source). Telling, isn’t it?