The high-profile feminist writer and campaigner has dropped out of a student-run debate at the University of Manchester after allegedly receiving hate mail.
Bindel did not “allegedly” receive hate mail. Bindel was sent hate mail that included rape and death threats. She then handed it over to the police.
There is no “alleged” crime. A crime was committed and referred to the police for investigation. Whether or not this results in criminal prosecution is irrelevant to the fact that a crime was committed. I hope a criminal prosecution follows since the silencing of women by using threats of rape and death is becoming standard fare.
Rape and death threats are male violence. They are attempts to control and silence women.
There are no excuses. No valid reasons.
Using rape and death threats to silence women just proves that free speech is only the preserve of men.
If your activism involves sending abusive or threatening messages to women you disagree with, you aren’t just doing activism wrong.
You are doing humanity wrong.