Perhaps sometimes I take straight talking honest politics a little too literally. Jess Phillips MP #everywoman
In her (sort of) biography #everywoman, Jess Phillips identifies her social media abusers as being representatives of two modern day identity politics tribes, specifically ‘men’s rights activists’ (or MRAs) and ‘Corbynistas’ from within her own party.
In both cases she provides specific examples to illustrate the problem and while her grievances against the, so called, MRAs adhere to some sort of surface level logic, her two terrible tales about #jezzwecan vitriol are just downright confusing.
I haven’t examined Phillips’ inter party misogyny claims to the same level of detail as her rape and death threat ones, so it’s hard to be as certain, but given the quality of examples on offer it does come across like the crux of her dilemma is that:
a) Jess doesn’t like interacting on social media with people she doesn’t like (or don’t like her), which to an extent is fair enough and
b) while she concedes that all sides in the infight are guilty of whataboutery, there are a lot more passionate and politically engaged people in Jeremy Corbyn’s camp, which sounds an awful lot like democracy in action.
Her first example involves a brief virtual battle of wills with a friend of a friend, who said something ‘divisive’ and talked to her like she was her MP as opposed to an actual person. To be honest the entire story is so Partridgeesque that by the end I was expecting to be reassured that needless to say, Jess had the last laugh.
Her second tale, on the other hand, is much more interesting and, even though it doesn’t strictly adhere to the online trolling trope, does arguably offer a relatively compact case study into why so many people (or douchebags if you must) have a massive problem with the Member for Yardley.
It certainly highlights the two main reasons I’m writing this, which are concerns about her suitability to champion victims of domestic violence and her outrageous victimaggressor use of identity politics to silence political opponents and naively promote online censorship.
I would be lying if I said it would be easy to stay in a party led by Mr Corbyn where people like me are so unwelcome. In my previous job at a domestic abuse charity, I spent years telling women in harmful relationships to leave. But I do not take my own advice easily so I will not be going anywhere. Jess Phillips MP
The episode essentially concerns a journalist trying to establish the truth about some of the claims Phillips has made on her CV and her central complaint appears to be that the journalist was fiercely pro Corbyn and that running the story ultimately only served to harm victims of domestic abuse victims.
The former complaint seems pretty accurate but is essentially why different people patron different media and a bit rich coming from someone who (m-e-t-e-p-h-o-r-i-c-a-l-l-y) pledged to stab her party leader, during a love in with Owen Jones for the Guardian.
The article in question may very well be a ‘hit piece’ but it clearly hit the target and repeatedly outmatches Phillips in her own favourite game of identity politics. Even so, especially after having read Jess’ own truth about growing up, it seems remarkably mean minded to undermine the author’s journalistic credentials by describing her as a ‘wannabe revolutionary blogger, who has probably never had a proper job and can afford to write spurious articles all day because mommy and daddy pay her bills‘.
Jess Phillips delights in using laddish language then uses the anti feminist card if anything comes back at her. EvolvePolitics BTL Comment
According to the Huffington Post (who Jess thanks in her book for being her own first writing cheerleaders), Stephanie Farnsworth is a freelance journalist focusing on politics, inequality and society. She is the editor for Stand Up magazine (dedicated to giving young people in the UK a voice in politics) and also writes for The Queerness (who have a commitment to intersectionality and amplifying voices that too often go unheard).
In other words, Stephanie sounds like exactly the type of young woman that Jess claims to want to inspire but instead inspires a snide, snooty and ever so slightly stalky pokemon put down. All because she did her job and asked some pertinent questions about Women’s Aid’s commitment to applying long established social work guidelines when working with vulnerable adults.
For a Member of Parliament with two degrees, Jess Phillips can sometimes be extremely ignorant.