I’d pretty much just stepped off the beach at Mount Martha (VIC), arrived home, barely had time to drag a comb through my hair (as you will notice) and was asked to comment on the issue of Jamie Briggs MP and his ‘improper behaviour’ towards a young female public servant at a Hong Kong bar last November as well as his subsequent sharing of her photograph with colleagues both before and after she made a confidential complaint, thus breaching her right to privacy (some lawyers argue this was even worse than the first breach).
If that wasn’t bad enough, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was busted for sending a text message he’d intended for Briggs describing News Limited journalist and editor Samantha Maiden – who had given Briggs a caning in this Daily Tele piece - as a “mad fucking witch”, to Maiden herself. The things men say about us when they think we’re not listening…
The only good to come out of this mess is that, as a result of the complaint made by the female consular staffer in Hong Kong, perhaps more women will decide to complain and speak out against male entitlement and abuses of privilege and power.
Last week I was one of 12 panelists on the ABC2 program ‘Australians on Porn’. I’d had my hesitations about participating, the producers assured me of fair treatment and a serious discussion how porn was shaping sexual attitudes and behaviours. What transpired was a wank fest and sex industry promotion. We saw and heard from a number of porn performers, representing the vested interests of the industry – but there were no women speaking of how they were harmed in the industry and had got out.
The main takeout for me: do not dare stand in the way of a man’s entitlement to ejaculate to whatever he wants. My attempts to raise critical issues of sexism, rape, violence, and misogyny perpetuated in the most popular porn genres were shouted down. I was mocked for mentioning the ethics of using porn when the woman on the screen may have been trafficked. No one cared. Probably my lowest moment in an hour of low moments was when the ‘sexologist’ Jacqueline Hellyer tried to prevent me from reading this letter from the director of a sexual assault clinic. “It’s not relevant!”, she declared. I was also told to stop talking about facts.
I am the Director a Sexual Violence counselling service and totally agree with your article. In the past few years we have had a huge increase in intimate partner rape of women from 14 to 80+. The biggest common denominator is consumption of porn by the offender. With offenders not able to differentiate between fantasy and reality, believing women are “up for it” 24/7, ascribing to the myth that ” no means yes and yes means anal “, oblivious to injuries caused and never ever considering consent. We have seen a huge increase in deprivation of liberty, physical injuries, torture , drugging, filming and sharing footage without consent. I founded the centre 25 years ago and what is now considered to be the norm in 2015 is frightening. I wonder where we will be in another 10 years!
This photo of host Tom Tilley on a porn set with two porn actresses (the one on the left a panelist on the show), may suggest why it was expecting too much to be given fair treatment. Looks like he had a good time anyway.
Laura McNally wrote this assessment of the program published today on ABC Religion and Ethics.
Inconvenient Facts: Why Would the ABC Airbrush Porn’s Complicity in Sexual Violence?
While it may not be as readily accessible as porn, the research on porn is nonetheless abundant.
Yet, according to Australians on Porn host Tom Tilley, “How many people end up in extreme situations? … there isn’t a lot of research out there to prove that.” Read more
Laura Pintur, also a panellist on the show, wrote this piece published also on ABC Religion and Ethics a short time earlier.
The ABC Squandered its Chance to Host the Discussion on Porn We Need to Have
When I was first asked to join the panel for ABC2′s Australians on Porn program, which aired last Monday night, I was pleased to see a mainstream and respected show like Triple J Hack initiate a debate on the impacts of pornography on Australians – especially its youth demographic.
However, as it turned out, the show was heavily weighted towards the pro-porn camp, with porn consumers, a porn “star” and porn producers dominating the program. Other porn actors appeared in sex scenes in videos along with more porn consumers.
While there were a couple of guys who felt porn hadn’t always been good for them, overall porn was treated as a laugh and the seriousness of the issue trivialised.
Its major focus centred around the use of porn by “mature adults,” and failed to highlight and discuss the issues with the younger generations.
ABC2′s publicity stated that the purpose of the show was to “lift the lid on the commodification of sex.” It certainly confirmed that sex has become an accepted commodity – nothing new there! But did it lift the lid? Did it accurately look at the “costs, the consequences and impact on attitude to sex” as was promised? Read more
The only positive has been the many comments critical of the program on TripleJHack’s Facebook pages and the messages of support I have received personally. And this posted by a 19-year-old (who happens to be my daughter):
It’s that time of year again! As the Christmas season draws near, companies are competing for your business.
Now is the time to reflect on corporate behaviour this past year and remember those companies which objectified women and sexualized girls to sell their products and services. These companies do not respect women and do not deserve your Christmas cash.
You can send a powerful message by making ethical purchasing choices and refusing to financially support companies who rely on sexploitation to flog their products.
Here’s our 2015 list of corporate sexploitation offenders:
General Pants Co have a long history of porn-inspired advertising, including their “Wet Dreams” ad campaign, change rooms plastered with pornographic imagery, pole dancing display and requiring underage staff to wear badges that read ‘I love sex’.
City Beach are repeat offenders, selling products with sexist, violent and porn-inspired imagery to young people. Read more here.
Honey Birdette is a sex shop masquerading as a high end lingerie store. Despite being in major shopping centres. Honey Birdette continues to flout advertising standards and codes with its pornographic advertising. Read more here.
Fifty Shades of Grey repackaged intimate partner violence and stalking as erotic and romantic. It’s not. Reconsider the book trilogy, DVD and associated merchandise. Read more here.
Nena and Pasadena
Nena and Pasadena founded their brand on the sexual exploitation of women. For five years, the sexist clothing line has used pornographic, objectifying and demeaning imagery of women on their clothing, social media and advertising. They have belligerently continued, mocking half a decade of complaints. Read more here.
The shoe retailer has a long reputation for sexism, from erecting billboards suggestive of a woman performing oral sex to TV commercials with fully clothed men modeling shoes with lingerie clad women as mere decoration, complete with close up shots on their backsides and genital areas to sell shoes. Read more here.
The Perth based company dubbed ‘a corporate sexual predator’, Ja Feel’s social media pornifies women and teaches boys they are entitled to women’s bodies, while promoting rape culture (specifically, anal rape) and sexualizing the images of little girls. Read more here.
Online marketplace CafePress has a long history of selling clothing and merchandise with sexualised, porn-inspired and pro-rape slogans and imagery, including on clothing for babies and toddlers. Read more here.
We exposed online fashion club BuyInvite for selling a range of paedophilic sex toys for men, sex toys that promoted derogatory and racist stereotypes of women and fetishized school girls. Read more here.
Wicked Campers are known for their sexist and demeaning slogans and imagery. Founder John Webb indicated this promotion of violence against women was all a big joke in a press release back in April. Read more here.
Lowenbrau Keller restaurant sexually objectifies women to promote their venue, reinforcing sexist attitudes, inviting patrons to see female staff as sexual objects, exposing them to sexual harassment. Read more here.
Sydney Cruise Bar
Sydney venue ‘Cruise Bar’ hired nude female models to lie naked on tables and act as fruit platters for its recent ‘relaunch’ party. Using a woman’s naked body as a stand-in for an inanimate object – in this case a platter – is a text book example of sexual objectification. Read more here.
The US burger chain is notorious for their sexist porn-themed TV commercials. The chain is reportedly coming to Australia. Read more here.
Retailers funding Playboy branded sexual exploitation
Collective Shout has continued to highlight companies which profit from the mainstreaming, normalising and embedding of a major brand of the sex industry into mainstream culture. Read more here.
Let these companies know you won’t be shopping with them- and why not. Which companies are crossed off your Christmas list? Let us know in comments below.
Help us keep the pressure on corporate offenders: make a donation this Christmas.
Here are my top 10 tips for getting the most of Twitter, as an individual or as a business/organisation!
#PremDAC15, the Premier Digital Awards Ceremony, was held at The Brewery in London (MAJOR swoon) on Saturday night and while I was very disappointed to not be able to attend, I am so honoured to have won the award of Tweeter of the Year. Thanks to all at Premier for your encouragement and to everyone who got in touch to cyber-celebrate with me – it almost felt like I was there!
The award carries a special meaning for me because Twitter was the first online space in which I found my voice as an activist.
I was a University student who came across a leaked Kanye West/Jay-Z video depicting drugged, beaten and dead women and children. It really concerned me and I knew I had to do something about it. I looked at the tools that were in my hands at the time, and Twitter was one of them – so I connected with Mel Tankard Reist, an anti-objectification activist in Australia who founded Collective Shout and Sharon Haywood, a body image activist who founded AnyBody Argentina. We launched an online petition which was shared all over Twitter, gaining global attention and resulting in Universal agreeing to not show the video across their platforms.
It was so exciting. We could fight for the good of others through our use of Twitter! It was then that I decided to use Twitter for good wherever I could – to share and spread good news stories, to educate myself and others, to campaign and make a difference.
I keep coming back to one question on the blog: what is it that makes your heart beat faster that you hear echoes of in the things you choose to involve yourself in?
For me, it’s the hope of a culture that upholds, protects and celebrates the worth of all human beings. And I love that Twitter has enabled me to contribute to that. What makes your heart beat faster? Chances are, using social media well could help you do it.
So, with that in mind – here are my top 10 tips for getting the most of Twitter, as an individual or as a business/organisation!
Be a person
Engagement on Twitter is the best thing about it. If someone responds to what you’ve said, get back to them! If someone gives you a shout-out, say thanks. If you want to get to know your followers, ask them a question. Also – don’t be afraid to share some of your personal life. Go ahead and tell people that a bee got stuck in your ear as you walked home from work last week (true story). Be funny. Be a person. (If you are using Twitter as a business/organisation, it’s helpful to think about how personal your brand is and how to reflect that through your use of social media.)
Along similar lines, be generous! Twitter is a great platform and you will meet other users whose messages are worth promoting. Share them.
Don’t be afraid of repetition
Repost links to articles or quotes that you love – people won’t see everything you tweet, especially if they follow a large number of people…so posting a few times will ensure your output is less likely to be missed – and you’re putting it out there because you believe in it, so go for it!
Part I: tag your tweets according to their topics to be more searchable. You may also want to come up with your own hashtag (i.e. #teambrowngoestoindia or #nomoretraffik) as a way of archiving your tweets on one topic together.
Part II: there are lots of helpful conversations to join under hashtags that are based on locality (i.e.: #belfasthour) or interest (i.e.: #commschat). The conversations are often in the form of regular weekly slots. Find the hashtags that interest you and join them.
People follow you either because they know you, or because your content interests them – and this is most likely to be around two or three topics. This is NOT to say you should feel restricted in terms of what you want to talk about, and YES, please allow yourself to grow and change. However, keeping your output centred around that thing that makes your heart beat faster, or around a few topics, will mean that your Twitter followers trust you and recommend you to others as someone who tweets about poverty alleviation/digital marketing/leadership mentoring/etc… Same goes for how much you post – not to be legalistic about it (remember, be a person!) – but tweeting a similar number of times a day will mean your followers know what they’re getting!
I talked about this when I shared my Top Instagram Tips. I don’t tweet my location ‘live’ – I wait until I’ve moved on to somewhere else unless I’m at a busy conference or venue guaranteed to be safe. I don’t share information that would build a pattern of where and what I do at certain times of the day, and I don’t highlight my locality by mentioning things or sharing photographs close to my office or my street. That may all seem a little too serious, but I have had safety concerns and have always been glad to know I haven’t shared anything that would compromise my personal security.
Care more about the people than the tweets
Then we get to the part where Twitter can be difficult to navigate. When it gets a little heated and tricky, the golden rule is this: remember the people you are talking to are just that – people. Care more about their personhood than their tweets and you’ll be fine.
Know when to walk away
You could spend all of your days on Twitter getting into discussions about everything under the sun. Sometimes, it’s best to walk away from a conversation – you’ll know if it’s not going anywhere constructive. Don’t stick around to put out fires. Decide on topics that are off-limits to you, set yourself a timeframe for engaging, create boundaries. Twitter doesn’t have to consume you.
Cyber-coffee does not (yet) exist
Listen, Twitter is a WONDERFUL place to share information, tips, ponderings and encounter different points of view. However, it is not the place for in-depth conversations. Nor is it the place for trying to convince someone else to agree with you in a heated debate. A toneless 140 character limit has its draw-backs. Use DMs, get email addresses or meet up for coffee.
Don’t feed the trolls
There are people on Twitter who do not want the best for you. Don’t worry about them. Some are on Twitter solely to tear down. Some carry a ruthless agenda. Some have experienced things that prohibit them from engaging constructively in that moment. Especially if you tweet about something controversial, or about something that makes people uncomfortable, you will encounter trolls. You do not need to listen to them.
That said, Twitter is a wonderful teacher, and it is possible to learn from people you disagree with. I’ve greatly benefited from Twitter not in posting, but in reading. My privilege has been challenged countless times. I have learned about a vast number of things. Voices I wouldn’t usually be hearing are accessible to me on Twitter, on a very wide range of topics. Listen. You never know what you might hear!
And a bonus tip: use analytics! Whether you schedule your tweets using something like Hootsuite or simply use the app, you can find out which posts are most engaged with, when, and even where. Handy!
Twitter is a fantastic space in which to connect, learn, teach. I hope this post has been helpful. What are your top tips? I’d love to hear them! Let me know in the comment section below or by tweeting me at @gemmaruthbrown.
And while you’re on there, have a look through the #PremDAC15 hashtag – SO much great advice for engaging with the digital world from the conference that took place before the ceremony. You’d pay big money for the nuggets of pure gold on there!
Need help with your personal or corporate use of Twitter and other forms of digital media? I’ve recently starting offering tutorial sessions with individuals or groups. Covering your needs – communications strategy, viral media campaigns, social media training, media liaison advice, language & presentation tips and much more. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Company slammed for aiding sexual fantasies for young girls
On Tuesday night, young Melbourne supporter (and kayaking buddy) Verity Thompson sent me a link through Facebook messenger, to the website of Chemist Warehouse, which featured a disembodied ‘virgin pussy’ – a replica vagina of a young girl with ‘realistic hymen’ just waiting for a man to ‘pop’. Many people send me links to horrible things most days and while I (and Collective Shout) don’t have the resources to action everything, this product demanded a response. I shared with my activist colleagues and, within hours of us taking to social media about it, the product was removed from Chemist Warehouse’s site. While this once again demonstrates the power of collective action, we have to ask: why did Chemist Warehouse think this product was OK for them to flog in the first place? Where are its corporate ethics? And where is the Pharmacy Guild in all of this?
Here’s how News.com, Daily Mail and Smart Company reported on our win.
Chemist Warehouse pulls Virgin Pussy Palm Pal ‘realistic hymen’ sex toy from its website after backlash
Campaign group Collective Shout slammed the retailer for stocking the product.
“Since when have chemists become defacto sex shops? Chemists are supposed to be selling products with medicinal and health benefits, not promoting pedofilic fantasies and eroticising young girls for profit,” Melinda Tankard Reist, co-founder of Collective Shout, told news.com.au.
Ms Tankard Reist said she had seen similar sex toys before, including a “Lolita Teenage Vibrating Vagina” and “realistic” sex dolls made to look like nine-year-olds, but never at a chemist.
“We see a lot of horrible things in our line of work as you can imagine, but this is incredible. For a company that might want to be seen as having corporate social responsibility, this seems like a radical departure,” she said.
“Don’t they care about the wellbeing of girls in the community? Why would they want to contribute to these fantasies of young girls existing to be ‘popped’ or ‘deflowered’?”
Chemist Warehouse removes virgin sex toys following social media backlash and activist campaign
Caitlin Roper from Collective Shout told SmartCompanythis morning the product sexualises girls and was clearly inappropriate for a chemist to be selling.
“We come across some pretty awful things in the course of some of our other campaigns, but I think with this one I was really genuinely surprised to see this item sold by a chemist under the guise of sexual health,” Roper says.
“I thought, what does aiding men in their sexual fantasies for children have to do with their health or wellbeing? We have campaigns to shed light on this epidemic on child sex abuse in schools and churches, but as a culture we continue to sexualise girls and present them as sexually appealing and even available.”
It’s not every day you get a magazine and a song dedicated to you.
But this week, my friends and I received both.
Now defunct Lad’s Mag Zoo Weekly devoted its final issue to us with this cover.
Apparently, protesting the objectification of women and messages promoting violence against women (drunk girls are a ‘green light’, for example) makes you a killjoy now. We didn’t find much joy in the mag’s pages, as documented in Collective Shout’s storify.
Young designer and activist Laura Pintur, 23, led our campaign. It was great to see her face on ABC’s Media Watch Monday night, in an extract from the video she made for The Guardian. The facts she presented stand in contrast to the depiction of the mag as just for a laugh and ‘schoolboy humour’. Such nudge-nudge-wink-wink depictions trivialized Zoo’s actual content. The kind of content which caused 20-year-old Coles employee Shannen to protest to management through her union.
When asked by a journalist on twitter for her reaction to Zoo’s final cover, Laura replied:
Zoo’s closure was reported on our website as follows:
Goodbye Zoo Weekly, you won’t be missed
We were pleased to report that after our successful campaign to get sexploitation mag Zoo Weekly out of Coles supermarkets Bauer Media announced the sexist lads mag was closing.
This week Zoo Weekly released their last edition ever. We’re glad that pornographers will have one less outlet now to push porn to underage boys. See content from inside Zoo mag (warning, graphic).
ABC’s Media Watch referenced our campaign, quoting Collective Shout’s Laura Pintur.
In May a young woman called Laura Pintur began a campaign backed by Collective Shout to persuade Coles and Woolworths to take Zoo off their shelves on the grounds that it was fostering hostile and aggressive attitudes to women:
“LAURA PINTUR: A British university compared lads mags with comments from convicted rapists. It found that people could not distinguish the source of the comments. That is, Zoo users’ language practically indecipherable from that of sex offenders. It also asks readers to send in pictures of their girlfriends’ breasts to win a boob job.” — The Guardian, 21st May, 2015
Coles stopped selling the magazine two months ago as a result.
And when news then broke of the decision to close Zoo altogether the campaigners were quick to claim the kill.
“Collective Shout takes credit for hastening Zoo’s demise: Coles dumping title was ‘catastrophic for sales’”
Here’s an extract from Tyler the Creator’s (@fucktyler) new release ‘Fuck It’. (I was interviewed by Jon Faine on ABC Melbourne Tuesday about the song. So replete is this ditty with expletives, our national broadcaster could only play a six second extract). Here are some of the lyrics:
Tell Australia I’m sneaking in with a mic in my damn hand
Instead of the vegetables that I packed in my backpack
When Marshall had this problem what the fuck was they telling him?
Is it cause of status or his melanin lacks black?
Huh? I think people love to be mad
How can I be misogynist? I love titties and ass…
Only thing they gave me was an opportunity and a pen
Look, freedom of speech, my freedom is breached
Border Patrol put me on streets immediately
For shit I said when I was a virgin repeatedly
Posted on Hypebeast cause nobody would listen to me
Collective Shout’s campaigns manager Caitlin Roper gave these comments to media:
Tyler has had an opportunity here to pause, reflect on his behaviours and promotion of misogyny, and make a commitment to real change- to creating art that doesn’t rely on the exploitation of women to generate profits.
Instead he’s essentially had a tantrum to music.
While he may have been a young man when he wrote music describing raping women, mutilating their bodies, locking them in his basement and raping their corpses, he’s not a child anymore, and he is yet to grow up and take responsibility for what he has put out into the world.
Our calls to deny Tyler a visa were never solely based on his sexually violent and misogynistic lyrics, but his real life behaviours- his history of inciting violence against actual women. It was only a few months ago that he singled out and tagged Collective Shout’s Coralie Alison in a tweet, blaming her for his cancelled tour and essentially directing his 2.5 million fans to go after her with horrific threats of violence. He sat by and watched, and finally denied he held any responsibility.
We too would like to know why Eminem was granted a visa. Collective Shout partnered with a coalition of domestic violence organisations in 2014 calling on the government to deny Eminem a visa.
But we must be wrong – he loves titts and arse, so couldn’t possibly be a misogynist!
I responded on twitter. Jane Fraser (@feministbirther) added her wondrous response.
So you’re not a misogynist – because you love titts and arse? Pornographers, pimps, and perpetrators of violence love titts and arse too – so what?
And someone should tell Tyler you can’t bring vegetables into Australia either.
“The realisation that on issues related to poverty and sexual exploitation, there is no solidarity from Australian feminists…
“…I had wrongly assumed that those leading the charge against sexism would examine how ethnocentrism and economic disparity have created and maintained conditions, policies and norms under which exploitation of women is inevitable.”
“Yet an expanding sex trade only results in more women trapped in a cycle of poverty and violence. Rather than opening up new opportunities, women in the sex trade are far less likely to live to see 40 years of age due to the violence, illness and disease to which the johns expose them…”
“Vulnerable women’s voices are blocked out of feminist media in order to preference a few wealthy women in the Australian industry”
“I’ve come to realise that if anyone couldn’t care less about the countless Asian girls being exploited at home and abroad, it is Australian feminists.”
Amber Rose’s Slutwalk is the natural pinnacle of Slutwalk
“The kids of Slutwalk readily embraced anti-feminist stereotypes of second wavers and chose to distance themselves from the movement, selling out for media coverage and male support. And where did it get us? Well, you see young, privileged women today advocating for prostitution and pornography as liberated choices for women using the same language the Slutwalkers did: “My body my choice!” “I do what I want, fuck yeah!” You see efforts to encourage men to vote against Stephen Harper by offering blow jobs or exchanging nude photos for votes. “Sluts Against Harper” [NSFW — feel free to report this Instagram account for pornography] is direct evidence of Slutwalk’s impact on young people’s understanding of politics today. All women can offer, in terms of advocating for change, are their objectified bodies. While leftist men have long encouraged women’s subordinate status, only considering men’s liberation and equality something worth fighting for, it’s new for self-described “feminists” to glom on to this blatant sexism.
The neoliberal, self-centered, enormously deluded notion that if women simply “choose” objectification or commodification, it becomes empowering, now underpins mainstream feminism. We seem to have fully embraced the idea that “reclaiming” misogyny and making it our own is the best we can do. While it’s clear to those of us in the movement that this is anything but feminism, those engaged don’t see it that way, nor does the media. “
Now and then you see a documentary that stops you in your tracks. ‘Escape from ISIS. The story of the secret underground network rescuing women held captive’ which screened last week on ABC 4Corners, is one such piece of filmmaking. I’ve watched it three times now. Please watch this film – see the suffering of the women, the way they are traded by ISIS fighters – even little girls treated as the spoils of war. But see also the bravery of those who devote their every waking moment to rescuing them. Hold your breath as a large group of women and children, having walked for two days out of ISIS territory, are embraced by those who arranged their rescuer. And see their guide, deliver them safely, then walk back into ISIS controlled lands to do the same again. Click below to watch the full Four Corners episode:
Sexual objectification of women is Zoo Weekly’s core business. The publication contains highly sexualised images of women along with headlines and articles discussing their body parts. Readers are shown where to access more explicit content on its website and social media, along with ads for phone sex lines and adult shops.
Despite the pornographic content, there are no age restrictions on this magazine. Zoo’s website says ”We reach readers from their teens all the way to their 40s, because we know them better than anyone else” and describes itself to potential advertisers as “The best way to reach men aged 16-40″
Recent market data provided by Zoo shows that 36,000 boys aged 14-17 are among its readership.
As Laura Pintur said when she wrote about the petition for the Daily Mail,
‘What chance does the younger generation have when they are being fed a diet of soft porn and the abuse, sexualisation, and objectification of women has become so normalised?’
The petition has reached over 38,000 signatures, but Coles and Woolworths have continued to ignore the issue.
Young Coles employee Shannen had long felt the injustice of being required to handle and sell a magazine that promotes women’s subjugation and sexual objectification. Shannen signed the petition and was then inspired to take things further. She submitted an official complaint to Coles.
Coles has informed Shannen that the magazine will be discontinued.
“As a Coles employee, selling a magazine that celebrates the objectification of women made me feel deeply uncomfortable. The sale of Zoo magazine in my workplace creates a hostile working environment because it condones the purchase of a magazine that eroticises female subjugation and vulnerability. About two months ago I began the process of lodging a grievance with my union, the SDA, and my store manager regarding the sale of Zoo in Coles. I was motivated to pursue this complaint because I had signed the Collective Shout petition and thought that the timing was appropriate to lodge such a grievance.
Given the impressive support base for this petition, I gained confidence with the knowledge that thousands of people were behind me and it was only a matter of time before Coles succumbed to these pressures. Knowing that Coles is discontinuing Zoo magazine makes me feel relieved, for myself, and also for other young women in my workforce who no longer have to put up with selling a magazine that promotes rape culture.”
Win! Thank you Shannen for taking a stand.
Thanks to Coles for supporting your employees and taking an important step towards a safer community for women and girls.
What about Woolworths? Take Action!
Share the petition – urge Woolworths to do the right thing and #binzoomag
Do you work for Woolworths? If you’re an employee of Woolworths and would like to get in touch with us click here.
Further reading on the history of Zoo Weekly – click here.
Activist group claims victory after Coles withdraws lads mag Zoo Weekly from shelves
Coles has deleted lads mag Zoo Weekly from its magazine range with lobby group Collective Shout touting the move as a win for its campaign urging the supermarket and rival Woolworths to ditch the title it claims promotes rape culture. Read more.
US rapper Tyler the Creator has announced that he has been banned from Australia. This is yet to be confirmed by the Department of Immigration, but that hasn’t stopped Tyler the Creator’s fans from unleashing their rage.
In a statement of solidarity, End Online Misogyny has published a sample of the abuse that Collective Shout’s Coralie Alison has received over the last few hours.
*content warning* This is not an easy read. This is what happens when women speak out against misogyny and this is why we need you to stand with us.
Here is the letter to the Minister for Immigration
The Hon. Mr Peter Dutton MP
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Parliament House, Canberra ACT
We are writing to you regarding visa applicant Tyler Gregory Okonma -stage name ‘Tyler the Creator’- who is due to arrive in Australia for a national music tour September 3.
Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 78 on Controversial Visa Applicants refers to “people whose presence in Australia may, because of their activities, reputation, known record or the cause they represent and propagate, vilify or incite discord in the Australian community or a segment of that community, or represent a danger to the Australian community or a segment of that community.”
We believe the application by Tyler the Creator meets the Department’s definition of ‘Controversial Visa Applicant’. Our views are based on the content of his song lyrics and his behavior during his July 2013 tour.
Tyler the Creator seeks to enter Australia in order to profit from the broadcasting and selling of these lyrics. While his activities are therefore commercial, the content of the product he sells propagates discriminatory ideas about women and other groups, and represent a danger to a segment of the Australian community on the potential basis of incitement to acts of hatred.
Tyler the Creator has received widespread media attention over the span of his career for misogynistic hate speech against women, as well as homophobia. He is renowned for his songs advocating rape and extreme violence against women, including murder, genital mutilation, stuffing them into car boots, trapping them in his basement, raping their corpses and burying their bodies.
A characteristic feature of his songs is retribution against women who he perceives have wronged him. For example, he sings about strangling and chopping up women who reject his sexual advances and raping their corpses.
“Raquel treat me like my father like a f*ckin’ stranger, She still don’t know I made Sarah to strangle her, Not put her in danger and chop her up in the back of a Wrangler, All because she said no to homecoming.’”
“You’ll be down in earth quicker if you diss me tonight, I just wanna drag your lifeless body to the forest, And fornicate with it but that’s because I’m in love with you…c*nt.”
Other lyrics include:
“F*ck Mary in her ass.. ha-ha.. yo, I tell her it’s my house, give her a tour, In my basement, and keep that bitch locked up in my storage, Rape her and record it, then edit it with more sh*t”
“You already know you’re dead, Ironic cause your lipstick is red, of course, I stuff you in the trunk”
“You call this sh*t rape but I think that rape’s fun, I just got one request, stop breathin”
“I wanna tie her body up and throw her in my basement, Keep her there, so nobody can wonder where her face went, (Tyler, what you doin’?) Shut the f*ck up, You gon’ f*ckin’ love me bitch, Sh*t, I don’t give a f*ck, your family lookin’ for you, wish ‘em good luck, Bitch, you tried to play me like a dummy, Now you stuck up in my motherf*ckin’ basement all bloody, And I’m f*ckin’ your dead body, your coochie all cummy, Lookin’ in your dead eyes, what the f*ck you want from me?”
The messages propogated in these lyrics pose particular risk to the Australian community by conveying the message that interpersonal conflict might be legitimately resolved through violence. Unfortunately this message still enjoys resonance in significant parts of our society which heightens the risk posed to women and children of his entry.
We draw your attention to a previous Collective Shout campaign in June 2013 calling on the former Minister to revoke Tyler’s visa. As a result of our actions, Talitha Stone, a young activist who led our campaign, was subjected to multiple rape and death threats from Tyler’s fans, with the artist himself inciting violence against her on twitter and at his Sydney (all-ages) concert, where a young woman was also raped.
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