Twitter demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of the dynamics of social media abuse by touting block and mute functions as adequate measures to respond to abuse. People who use social media to abuse other people do so at least in part because of its public dimension: They want not only to force themselves into their targets’ line of vision, but to ensure that other people see them doing it. That’s part of the harasser’s game—not merely to attack an individual, but to attack, discredit, and humiliate a target in front of as large an audience as possible.
The possibility of being imperfect — of making mistakes — without dire consequences is in some respects the very definition of privilege. For only some groups need to fear that they may trip the wire of state-sanctioned violence at any moment….
My latest for the Huffington Post, on the shooting of Michael Brown and the lives that are presumed unworthy.
You can view my presentation before the Miami Beach Commission here.
Identity Theft Prevention and Survival
I talk with “Privacy Piracy” radio show host Mari Frank about revenge porn and sexual privacy.
Mitchell J. Matorin is directly involved with civil efforts to fight revenge porn, and has written in favor of efforts to criminalize it. He is an attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property, Internet and computer law.
It is refreshing to see media attention being given to a lawyer who not only fights on behalf of revenge porn victims but also deeply understands the legal, social, and technological complexities of the issue of nonconsensual pornography. For instance, he is appropriately contemptuous of the idea that copyright law can adequately address the problem (“copyright law is something that some of these free speech advocates have pointed to as a valid remedy, and that’s nonsense”), notes that criminalization efforts can help deter this conduct, refuses to engage in victim-blaming, and makes the (depressing but probably correct) observation that recent high-profile male victims may be what it takes for the issue to be taken seriously.
Mary Anne Franks (University of Miami School of Law) has posted Drafting an Effective ‘Revenge Porn’ Law: A Guide for Legislators on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This short document provides an overview of legislative efforts in the U.S. to…
Legislators/activists interested in drafting “revenge porn” legislation may find this guide useful. I will be updating as more laws are proposed and passed.
“‘Where I come from, we holler at women. Sorry if that offends you, but you shouldn’t feel that way. Because, you know, women were put on this earth to satisfy a man, so if she feels offended, she shouldn’t have ever been born.’ He goes on, ‘You don’t believe in the Bible? That’s why Eve was born.’ In addition to the awful biblical justification, he goes on to utilize every sexist bro’s favorite defense of their right to make gross comments with impunity: ‘But, see, you’ve got the freedom of speech. That’s why you’ve got the freedom of speech, to holler if you wanna holler.’ In other words: STOP CHASTISING ME FOR HARASSING YOU ON THE STREET, THOUGHT POLICE!!!!”
Points for candor, I guess.
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it has something to do with preserving life’s mystery; with leaving certain things undescribed, unspecified, and unknown; with savoring certain emotions, such as curiosity, surprise, desire, and anticipation. It depends on an intensified sense of life’s preciousness and fragility, and on a Heisenberg-like notion that, when it comes to our most abstract and spiritual intuitions, looking too closely changes what we feel. It has to do, in other words, with a kind of inner privacy, by means of which you shield yourself not just from others’ prying eyes, but from your own. Call it an artist’s sense of privacy.
A lovely, meditative piece by Joshua Rothman on Woolf, solitude, and dignity. A volume could be written just on “the realization that men, but not women, have long been granted a right to solitude.”
One from the Krav Maga archives…