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National Punch a Slut Day

The facebook trolls who think they're hilarious for their misogynistic groups and events are at it again, folks!

Some FBomb readers and a recent Jezebel article alerted me to a series of "slut punching" events - one a week-long event that I believe was removed, and another, which will merely last a day.

The latter event includes some seriously gross comments, such as:

Dongie Lee: Some of you need to stfu about violence toward women. boohoo. Ever thought about violence toward men? toward elderly? toward kids? And I bet 99.9% of you fuckers bitching and crying aren't doing a fucking thing to stop any real violence. Let's also not forget that this group isn't about punching women but about punching slutts. Do criminals deserve time in prison? Yes. Do slutts deserve to be punched ? YES. It's as simple as that.

and also some pretty awesome retorts by Anne Russell: This is the most disgusting group I've come across yet. You people are sickening. Not to mention that if a real woman ever put her tit in your hand you'd have to call one of your friends to ask what you're meant to do with it. Enjoy living in your mastubatory fantasy patriarchy in the little time you have before it crumbles, you puerile misogynistic pieces of shit. A word for those who say "wtf don't get upset it's just the internet": It's not just the internet. It's every billboard of an airbrushed model, every rape victim who gets blamed for wearing a short skirt, every appearance gynaecologist, every leering 50-year-old making us afraid to walk around after dark. If women didn't have all this real-life stuff bombarding us on a day-to-day, these groups probably wouldn't get the level of rage aimed at them.

and Peterson Toscano: Not funny, not cool. Instead this is violent and abusive. With the outrageous rates of violence against women, we need to oppose the hatred of women and call it what it is.

But seriously, it's amazing how so many of the "defensive" comments center around these groups being jokes. If by joke you mean you have no intention of actually "punching a slut" then seriously what's the point? To display your ignorance and act in a way that you KNOW will insult those of us who possess our full cognitive abilities? Or by joke do you mean that you actually find violence against women funny? Which is just disgusting.

Now, I don't want to make generalizations about the people who joined this group specifically, but I know that I personally have been invited to groups such as I Hate The Kid At The Party Who Rapes All The Girls which focuses on how desperate the rapist is and not that, you know, RAPE IS A TERRIBLE THING. But in my experience, including this group, the people who make them are usually dumb, bored (often, but not always, incredibly privileged) kids who don't think AT ALL before taking 5 minutes to set up the event/group and then inviting all their friends to join.

While I appreciate the time people take to refute the creation of these groups, such as some of the great comments above by the likes of Anne and Peterson, in the end the people who initiate these groups are just complete douchebags with a world view skewed by the lovely little bubble they live in. And seriously, some times retaliation isn't much better, such as the event Punch A Misogynist in the Head Week a response to the "Punch Slut in the Head Week." Seriously? We can't pick and choose who "deserves" violence people - NOBODY deserves violence, no matter how disgusting they are.

As for the girls who join violent, slut-shaming events/groups...I honestly can't speak for their motivations. After reading some of their comments, I can guess that they think guys will think they're cool for supporting sexist ideas - meaning that they will conform to those ideas, which sexist guys DO in fact love. But honestly I'm embarrassed and sad for them for:

1) expending the energy to impress sexist guys and

2) still living in their little bubbles where even though 1 out of every 6 American women have survived rape they still believe violence against women doesn't really exist, not really. Because if they did understand what violence against women is and how prevalent it is, they couldn't possibly be parts of these groups without being devoid of a soul.

The only advice I can give is this - these groups are great examples of how misogyny is alive and well. Use these groups as examples the next time somebody tells you we don't need feminism any more. Other than that, I guess we can fight with these idiots on the walls of their groups, or we could be a little more productive and report their groups to Facebook. Either way, let's not be hypocrites about it and stop retaliating with our own violent groups.



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