Sure, it didn’t take long for the trolls and MRA derailers turned up. Whenever women gather to talk publicly about anything remotely related to their experience of the world, these pudding brains send out a bat signal so they can pop up and loudly declare, “I *think* you’ll find it’s about ethics in gaming journalism”. But this time, women AND men were either shouting them down or just ignoring them altogether. Clementine Ford – Daily Life
Some contributors had different views about what purpose the thread should serve and indeed who should be allowed to take part.
From a very early stage it became obvious that not all contributors shared Clementine Ford’s world view with questions (and answers) soon extending the discourse into examples of sexism experienced by men. Within a few days these had became the main type of questions populating the hashtag along with retorts pointing out the double standards at play in what many perceived as an attack on men generally.
But not everyone welcomed the widening narrative and considered some contributions to be an intrusion…
Ford herself dismissed such contributions as missing the point and generally coming from faceless abusive trolls and MRA derailers.
After following the thread for a few days I’ve began to wonder what proportion of offensive vitriol experienced by tweeters like Clementine would genuinely be considered to be reasonably offensive by the average person. One faceless rape threat is one too many, obviously but out of curiosity I had a look over the responses posted to some of Ford’s initial questions and struggled to find overtly offensive examples, especially if we’re assuming that the baseline for ‘acceptable ‘is informed by the author’s own colourful contributions.
If Clementine ever reads this and wants to point me to some examples of the type of correspondence she takes so much offence from then I’ll be happy to add them to EYEisBloke’s Hall of Utter Shame but I sense that she won’t. Not because I don’t believe that she genuinely receives such vitriol (I’m sure she does) but because I reckon she might struggle to respond to me without contributing some vitriol of her own. Besides, it appears that the #trending tactic of many feminists is to simply ignore me because Eye is Bloke.
And this apparent double standard leads me to the most important question arising from the #questionsformen hashtag.