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Zerlina Maxwell, a female, African-American commentator — and a rape survivor apparently — engaged in a televised discussion about arming women as a means of self-defense and preventing rapes. She quite logically pointed out that what society should do is take away the reasons and causes for attacks on women rather than arming them. And that women should be able to walk safely in our society without having to carry a gun. Horrible rephrasing of her argument, but you get the point. The response — well, of course, the Twittersphere and commenters came out in droves expressing the hope that she be gang-raped, her throat slit, and, well, use your imagination, it’s out there. It’s disgusting. Really is.

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This past week saw up-and-coming political pundit and progressive activist Zerlina Maxwell talking about rape, her own status as a rape survivor, and the fact that women shouldn’t have to carry guns in order to not be raped — because boys and men should be taught not to rape in the first place. This is not a new topic for Zerlina (see her excellent “Stop Telling Women How Not to Get Raped”), and she’s not a stranger to backlash.

However, last week the discussion was on television, which gives it much greater kick, and any conversation about guns adds an entire new layer of intensity to the process, and pretty much immediately after she was off the air, Zerlina began to be inundated with rape threats, death threats, racist slurs, and often a combination of all three, across all the various social media platforms. (You can read more about how it’s…

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  3. Susan L Daniels March 12, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for sharing this. It showcases our terrible ability to subjugate and dehumanize through social media. Not proud to be a human being today.

    • kingmidget March 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      No problem … I had read about it on Talkingpointsmemo.com earlier in the day and was disgusted as I frequently am by what people think they can get away with behind the anonymity of the internet. It’s beyond disgusting and a perfect example of just how horrible human nature is when unchecked. I’m with you … not entirely proud to be a human.

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