#mooreandme roundup

I’ve been meaning to blog for days about the Twitter movement #mooreandme. But instead, I’ve been monitoring it from my computer. Suffice to say that this is one incredible story about how a bunch of feminists used Twitter to change–at least a little bit–the victim blaming, rape culture narrative around the accusations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for rape.

So here is your roundup. These are all well, well, WELL worth a read.

Sady Doyle,  #mooreandme founder (read the whole blog, this is just the end).

Jaclyn Friedman, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Kate Harding on why she supports the protest

Real Feminist Jaclyn Friedman debates Fake Feminist Naomi Wolfe on Democracy Now

Millicent explains how and why the protest worked

Still Waiting at the Foot of the Tower

Michael Moore on the Rachel Maddow show. And thank you, Rachel.

and of course, the Twitter feed itself. Warning: there are some really awful trolls over there.

this has been a fascinating discussion. I am appalled at Keith Olbermann, who really fucked up and failed to uphold basic journalistic standards. I am a little less appalled at Michael Moore, who at least bothered to apologize. But mostly I am appalled at a society that still allows rape to be taken so lightly–a society that still refuses to take all victims as credible victims, a society that refuses to believe that any woman can be raped. And a society that seems to find it impossible to hold 2 things at the same time: yes, we can support WikiLeaks AND RAPE VICTIMS. We can even be highly suspicious of the timing of the charges–virtually no one disagrees that they are suspicious–and we can even (gasp!) assume that Assange, as is theoretically true of everyone under American law, is innocent until proven guilty. We can do that and we can also honor rape victims and take rape seriously. Yes, we can.

My sincerest thanks to Sady Doyle, Jaclyn Friedman, Kate Harding and every other feminist who has worked tirelessly on this all week. It’s a small victory, true: but it is a victory, and there will be more to come.


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