Just back from India, my thanks to J (a female Cambridge University student) for notifying me of a silly opinion piece – All we are asking for is to feel safe – written by one Chloe Newbold, a particularly gormless feminist, published today in Varsity, an online equivalent of cat litter liner. Regular followers of this blog will be aware of the role played by Varsity in trying to stoke up hostility towards us in advance of the talks by Elizabeth Hobson and myself at Cambridge University last year. We know the names of the two feminists (one male, one female) who threw milkshakes over us, as well as the photographer, but we’ve declined to name them publicly. Our blog posts in relation to the talks, and the campaign of lies and misrepresentations that sought (but failed) to deny us a platform, are here.
The start of Ms Newbold’s piece (I’ve hyperlinked three items, since she didn’t):
It’s hard to explain the all-pervading discomfort I experience as a victim of sexual misconduct [J4MB: Almost every feminist activist claims to have been a victim of sexual misconduct] in my everyday life at this University: sitting in lecture halls that have been open to misogynistic rape apologists such as Justice for Men and Boys (otherwise known as ‘J4MB’, who have shared posts including 13 reasons why women lie about being raped and a video The glorius (sic) rise of men who won’t date feminists on their website).
Later in the piece:
It is difficult to explain the personal trauma associated with an act of sexual assault, a feeling that you do not belong in your body, a permanent sense of threat that can be difficult to shake. It’s a feeling that can return frequently, even in the absence of any immediate danger or physical threat. This feeling returned for many of us last year when we discovered that the University was allowing an event to be held by a so-called men’s rights group entitled ‘Justice for Men and Boys’ on University property. Failing to listen to us wasn’t enough, they were now providing a platform to a group that openly expressed contempt and ridicule toward women and non-binary people that had suffered sexual assault. [J4MB: We invite Ms Newbold to provide evidence for her claims in the final sentence. They’re lies, so she won’t be able to.]
Nothing was more symbolic of the University’s attitude than standing outside with my fellow protestors [J4MB: Ms Newbold reveals herself to be a member of the Cambridge University Noisy Twats Society] while this group of vile rape apologists were sat warmly inside Mill Lane lecture halls. In that moment, campus became for me what I am sure it had become for many other victims: a place where I no longer felt safe. [J4MB: Ironically, the only people assaulted that day – by the protesting students – were a man unconnected with J4MB who had come to listen to our talks, and his 16-year-old son.]
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