#notfunnyfacebook: join the Twitter Day of Action
Senior organiser, women’s rights
How’s your sense of humor? Do you find “Riding your Girlfriend softly, Cause you dont want to wake her up” funny?
Over 180,000 people say no — they’ve signed a petition on Change.org asking Facebook to remove this page and others like it, that promote rape and violence against women.
According to the petition, started by Change.org member John Raines, “Facebook’s own terms of service prohibit content that is ‘hateful, threatening,’ or contains ‘graphic or gratuitous violence’ … users are specifically barred from posting content that aims to ‘bully, intimidate, or harass’ any user.”
Raines asks Facebook to not only remove pages like “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina,” but also to release a statement clarifying that these pages violate the site’s existing standards and will be removed whenever reported.
He also asks them to update their terms of service to make these guidelines official and crystal clear.
Groups in Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand have made similar demands, including WVoN’s own Rape: Never Funny campaign.
The continued existence of these kinds of pages isn’t a simple matter of Facebook being unaware of their existence. The site has explicitly refused to put a stop to them.
Facebook defends many of these pages as jokes: “It is very important to point out that what one person finds offensive, another can find entertaining – just as telling a rude joke won’t get you thrown out of your local pub, it won’t get you thrown off Facebook.”
Since the page supporting raping your girlfriend in her sleep hasn’t been removed, despite protests from almost 200,000 people, Facebook seems to have decided that this page is just “entertaining.”
If you don’t agree, you can participate in a #notfunnyfacebook Twitter Day of Action this Wednesday, November 2.
Supporters are asked to tweet at Facebook using the hashtag #notfunnyfacebook to call attention to pages that have been marked by Change.org, WVoN and other campaigns as unacceptable, but which Facebook appears to find funny since it has failed to remove these pages.
At the end of this post is a list of suggested tweets that cite the names of these pages, in order to send the message to Facebook to stop using humour as an excuse for hate.
The titles of these pages speak for themselves, but the dialogue that occurs on their walls can be even more appalling.
The “Riding Your Girlfriend Softly” page’s admin “jokes” about drugging women: “Update from last night : Got to second base without so much as a murmor, one more sleeping tablet and may as well have had Travis Barker playing in the wardrobe, there wasn’t a hope we’d have a waker-upper before i had delivered my parcel!!!”
It also supports violence against women critical of the page: “She deserves a good back hander!” And threatens those who accurately call assault what it is: “to those of you who are sad enough to seriously say this is rape…….Sleep with one eye open!!”
You can sign the Change.org petition to Facebook here today and join in on Wednesday’s Twitter Day of Action by tweeting these suggestions:
.@facebook “Riding your Girlfriend softly, Cause you dont want to wake her up” #notfunnyfacebook http://chn.ge/szNQw0
.@facebook “Let’s have sex.. LOL jk i’m a rapist, were doing it wether you like or not” #notfunnyfacebook http://chn.ge/szNQw0
.@facebook “Kicking sluts in the vagina because its funny watching your foot disappear” #notfunnyfacebook http://chn.ge/szNQw0
.@facebook “1.5 Million ‘likes’ and I will rape my mom!” #notfunnyfacebook http://chn.ge/szNQw0
.@facebook “It’s Not Rape If You Yell Surprise” #notfunnyfacebook http://chn.ge/szNQw0
.@facebook “Whats 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? my knife” #notfunnyfacebook http://chn.ge/szNQw0