It’s an outrage. It’s an outrage against human decency.
I’ll be stopping writing here on March 15th. The blog will stay up for three or so weeks afterwards, so people can enjoy the archives for a bit before they disappear.
The reasons for this are complex and numerous, but most of them relate to feeling a lot of alienation from the Atheist Community, a lot of fear about the increasingly hostile attacks on women within that community, and the fact that my efforts to distance myself from all that while keeping my blog here haven’t really worked out. I’m still a target, and some of the stuff that Jen, Ophelia and Greta have had to deal with lately have been outright scary. Skepticism and Atheist just aren’t important enough to me to feel comfortable putting myself in the way of that for their sake.
This was written by Natalie Reed, who has been bullied out of the atheist/skeptical community. The bullies have consistently attacked her person rather than her message. It doesn’t take much random googling to see the sort of thing she’s had to put up with. For instance:
I think someone is running short on delicious heroine! LOLZ http://storify.com/ElevatorGATE/conversation-with-stefanelli-and-nataliereed84 …
And more @elevatorgate:
1:58 PM – 3 Dec 12
You earned it from… your radfem friends. Great achievement. you must be so proud. buy yourself some smack. lolz
Natalie was trying to help people. This was the thanks she got: her message was silenced because she was relentlessly bullied in deeply personal ways.
Natalie made herself vulnerable by talking in public about some of her problems, in the hope that it might help people.
This is how we should treat people who are vulnerable: we should support them. Basic human decency.
Among the things not to do to vulnerable people are: Ridicule them. Insult them. Make their lives miserable. Gloat at their vulnerabilities. BULLY THEM OUT OF A COMMUNITY THEY SHOULD FEEL SAFE IN.
And fuck it, we’re all vulnerable. The crime here wasn’t that Natalie was vulnerable but that idiots deliberately, systematically and persistently picked on her vulnerabilities because they wanted to silence an intelligent, outspoken woman. Because she is intelligent and outspoken and a woman.
I know that all you bullies know this behaviour is wrong. You cannot possibly believe that bullying someone into silence is a worthwhile tactic or an end that justifies the means. I know that you realise that Natilie’s message has been consistently positive, that she’s guilty of nothing other than giving a lot of herself in order to help others. You know this. And yet you make her give more and more and more until she can’t take it any more and her voice is silenced.
Well fucking done.
I’ve no doubt at all that Natalie will continue to help people It’s inconceivable that she could do anything else. But she’s not going to benefit the atheist/skeptical community any more and it is very much OUR LOSS.
You idiots – you FUCKTANGLES – who have done this:
TELL ME why you are happy that you’ve bullied Natalie into silence. I cannot wait to hear your brilliant justifications. Bring them the fuck on.