What’s Current: Men gang rape 16 year old girl in Rio de Janeiro; post photos & video on Twitter

twitter

That research claiming women are responsible for half of misogynistic abuse on Twitter may not be entirely accurate. Meagan Tyler explains:

“In terms of women’s abuse of other women it’s best understood under the framework of horizontal violence. Groups that are oppressed or marginalized, whether that be based on race, socio-economic background or gender or whatever, are more likely to lash out at each other. It’s kind of away of saying ‘I’m not like that’… it’s a way to get one up on another woman to raise yourself in the hierarchy.”

Sixteen-year-old girl raped by more than 30 men in Rio de Janeiro, two of whom posted photos and video of the assault on Twitter. The Globe and Mail reports:

“Before the accounts were suspended, the tweets racked up more than 550 likes and a deluge of replies with smiley faces and thumbs-up. Commenters using vulgar language celebrated the damage apparently inflicted on the girl’s genitalia and said she had no doubt ‘been asking for it.'”

Male-only spaces and female-only spaces do not serve the same purpose.

Helen Lewis: “There is more to the current Gender Revolution than upending our assumptions about the ‘correct’ names or pronouns or hobbies or appearance for men and women.”

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

Founder & Editor

Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

Enjoy fiercely independent, women-led media? Support Feminist Current!

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $5