Facebook rape page campaign: pages can stay if they have ‘humorous’ tag
As the founder of the WVoN UK campaign that has attempted to get Facebook to adhere to its own policies, I am speechless.
The point of the campaign was to illustrate to Facebook that RAPE JOKES ARE NOT FUNNY.
So by making this statement, the organisation has not moved one inch in the right direction, despite extensive press coverage and global protests.
What will it take to get Facebook, and by association, our culture, to accept that rape causes serious harm to one billion women around the world?
Eve Ensler, over at the Huffington Post, includes the Facebook rape page campaign as part of a piece entitled ‘Over it’:
I am over rape.
I am over rape culture, rape mentality, rape pages on Facebook.
I am over the thousands of people who signed those pages with their real names without shame.
I am over people demanding their right to rape pages, and calling it freedom of speech or justifying it as a joke.
I am over people not understanding that rape is not a joke and I am over being told I don’t have a sense of humor, and women don’t have a sense of humor, when most women I know (and I know a lot) are really fucking funny. We just don’t think that uninvited penises up our anus, or our vagina is a laugh riot.
I am over how long it seems to take anyone to ever respond to rape.
I am over Facebook taking weeks to take down rape pages.
Ensler goes on to cite the plight of thousands of women in Congo, Bosnia, Burma, Pakistan, South Africa, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Afghanistan, Libya, ‘still waiting for their rapists to be held accountable’; the torture of lesbians in Ecuador, the women in the US military getting raped by their colleagues and many other instances, and states:
We need to OCCUPYRAPE in every school, park, radio, TV station, household, office, factory, refugee camp, military base, back room, night club, alleyway, courtroom, UN office.
We need people to truly try and imagine — once and for all — what it feels like to have your body invaded, your mind splintered, your soul shattered. We need to let our rage and our compassion connect us so we can change the paradigm of global rape.
Yes, we do Eve. And not just women, but every man out there who abhors the rape culture that we live in. Can we?
Meanwhile – ‘hey Facebook – RAPE IS NOT FUNNY‘. Get it?