The fact is, [Melissa McEwan's] time needs to be finished. No more invitations to Femfest. No more quotes in mainstream media. Done. Find something else Melissa. Maybe recaps since that’s the majority of your content when you’re not being snide and nasty.
So I post on tumblr about it, hoping people will take notice and go “well JFC that’s some bullshit.” Or even argue with me. That’s cool too.
Nice that criticism is welcomed, I guess, but when your entire purpose is to make a single person be shut up ... yeah, I don't even know how to end the sentence.E-mail: email@example.com
There are messages that need to stop, and there are certainly people who annoy the hell out of me, but setting out to influence a large enough following to alter the mainstream media's tendency as part of a campaign to silence a single person is pretty extreme and pretty extremely assholic.
Of course if it were just Melissa McEwan, founder of Shakesville, then I probably wouldn't even know about it. My connection to Shakesville is via Ana Mardoll. She's a contributor to Shakesville but, more important to me, she runs Ana Mardoll's Ramblings.
She's a friend and she's an inspiration. Her Twilight deconstruction directly led to the various versions of the van scene (I think my favorite is the Physics version) which lead to Snarky Twilight and Edith and Ben. Snarky Twilight, in part, lead to My Zombie Apocalypse Team. Her Narnia deconstruction lead to If the heroes did their jobs. Not to mention all sorts of one offs.
Point is, Ana is my friend, my colleague, and a source of inspiration. She's also "open game" for Drink The Shaker Kool Aid. So, you know, harassment. Fake reviews of books. Talking about her death and the horrible things that will happen to her body afterward. That sort of stuff.
But it's totally for the greater good. It's all to improve feminism and because Ana and Melissa are hurting people. They are hurting people at Drink the Shaker Kool Aid.
And their reactions (Ana, Melissa) are "hilarious" and "hysterical".
Now forget about the derivation of the word "hysterical", the point here is: FUNNY.
When people who have been hurt see their response to that called out as harassment and such instead of legitimate complaints they don't react by laughing. Unless it's the humorless laugh of someone who has had all joy burned out of them.
So, if nothing else made me call bullshit (and pretty much everything else makes me call bullshit) I'd still be calling bullshit on the basis of the situation here being perceived as humorous.