Dear Mr. Delingpole, Perhaps you would like to address this rape threat?

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Dear Mr. Delingpole, 

By now, we have all read your deliberate and deeply misogynistic attack on a woman you have misnamed “vomit”. I would have thought someone at such a high level in your profession would know better than to write a deeply offensive personal attack on a woman that contains more than a number of potentially libellous statements, but I was wrong.

Let’s be open and honest here. This is what you wrote:

“I am really, REALLY angry with that stupid blonde cow of a Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones season 3. She used to be so fanciable. And now she’s just turned all priggish, self-righteous, bullying and, worst, dishonourable. She is RIGHT off my shag list.” 

Many entertaining comments ensued, only to be interrupted by this one from a woman I’d never heard of, with a ridiculous first name which sounds a bit like Vomit. Here’s what she said: 

“Well that is the most disgusting piece of sexist, misogynistic crap I’ve read today and I work for TROLL HAGS ANONYMOUS. You should be ashamed of yourself. You won’t be though.” 

Her organization isn’t really called TROLL HAGS ANONYMOUS, by the way. I’m calling it by a pseudonym because I don’t want to give it any publicity. Basically, its aim is to eradicate misogyny from the internet.

You may think you are a crusader for a great cause. You are not. You are a stinking, loathsome troll. You are the kind of sad loser who seeks attention and personal validation by being seen publicly to take offence over issues you had absolutely no need to be offended by because you could just as easily have shrugged your shoulders and looked the other way. That’s what normal people do in a free society. What you did, Ms Vomit is not normal, not healthy. Again, you and your kind are trolls. Fuck right off, the lot of you.

1. Your comment was misogynistic. Suggesting that women’s main value lies in their fuckability is misogynistic.
2. Referring to a feminist organisation set up to support women who are victims of rape and death threats online as “TROLL HAGS ANONYMOUS” is misogynistic and dismissive. 
3. I’m not entirely sure how you think calling someone a sad loser doesn’t count as libellous; after all, we live in the UK  where the libel laws are fairly weighted on the side of the victim [see every person sued for libel by pharmaceutical companies for suggesting their products are less than stellar]. 
4. I don’t think you quite understand misogyny: women don’t have the choice to “look the other way”. Middle aged white men can ignore misogyny but, women, well, considering the frequency with which we are sexually harassed on the streets, raped, assaulted, insulted and fired for the crime of being born with a vagina, it is slightly more difficult for us to “turn the other cheek”.

Actually, and even with ignoring the personal attack in your blog, it is clear you have no understanding about the structural inequalities in our society. And, why would you? You’re a man and a white one at that. You haven’t experienced the structural inequality since birth. And, you clearly aren’t interested in learning about structural inequalities since your first response to being called out on clearly sexist language is to have a temper tantrum on your blog. 

The target of your attack, Vonny [and not Vomit as you so childishly name her], has already called you out on the misogynistic blog; as has the feminist organisation End Online Misogyny or as you so charmingly called them : TROLL HAGS ANONYMOUS. Personally, I would like to know why you’ve allowed a rape threat to be posted on your blog? I’m sure you’re going to dismiss this as “freedom of speech” and minimise the stalking that the commentator is clearly doing but, well, freedom of speech isn’t the right to be a jackass and allowing threats of rape to remain on your blog reflects rather poorly on you.

You may want to rethink your approach to criticism if it involves childish name-calling and allowing threats of violence to remain on your blog. It’s rather pathetic.

Best, Stewie

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