My thanks to John Kimble for sending me links to some materials relating to our campaigning outside Nottingham University yesterday, at the end of which someone hurled some heavily soiled cat litter over one of our vehicles. With his agreement, the rest of this blog piece consists of John’s email:
Mike, you’ve probably been alerted to the comments on Facebook regarding J4MB and Nottingham University, but just in case you haven’t, I thought I’d share them. Firstly, there’s this interesting exchange on the Women’s Network Facebook page.
Note how it asks if people feel threatened by the very “presence” of J4MB – not your conduct or actions, but simply because of the fact that you dare to exist near their campus. Secondly, note the phrase “get in contact with us and we’ll see what we can do!”. Quite a disturbing mindset to have, really, and then the actual violence you were subject to puts in in a whole new light.
Someone named Beth later chimes in, stating: “Remember if you feel harassed or threatened remember you can report to campus security or the police” – again note how it’s people’s feelings that matter, reality is irrelevant. Beth then takes this a stage further with the following gem: “I don’t know how they’ll campaign but want people to know they can take action should they feel offended”. You really couldn’t make this stuff up!
I’ve archived the content in case it gets deleted – here.
I also found another exchange on the University’s “Left Society” page .
They claim J4MB were “intimidating” those who challenged them (presumably with fact and statistics and other horrible patriarchal tools). The poster pretends to be concerned about safety and intimidation, yet their own Facebook profile pics endorses “queer ultra violence”. The content is archived here.