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I will be appearing on Al Jazeera English tomorrow afternoon. (And you can be a part of it too.)

I will be appearing on Al Jazeera English tomorrow talking about misogyny online. The show I’m going to appear on is called TheStream; it’s on at 3:30 PM ET.

You can watch a live stream of the show on the Al Jazeera website here.

If you want to be part of the discussion on the show, you can record a comment for the show’s producers here, or on the main page for TheStream. Some of the questions they’re asking:

Do women face more misogyny online than they do in person? Why? Does it reflect real sentiment or opportunistic, anonymous behavior? Have you experienced harassment as a woman online? What can be done about it?

I’m really looking forward to the show. It should be interesting.

If you have any suggestions about issues I should raise or points you think it’s important to make, let me know in the comments below.

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Posted on August 6, 2012, in announcements, girl germs, harassment, misogyny, sexual harassment. Bookmark the permalink. 131 Comments.

  1. Crumbelievable

    Very cool.

    Is there some way I can watch the segment online?

  2. Well now you’ve done it. I can already see all the conspiracy theorists coming out the woodwork with Al Jazeera = Al Quaida = Shariah = leftists = feminists theories.

  3. Not that the brain meltdowns of ignoramuses (ignoramii?) should factor in your decision-making process. ;)

  4. Will you post the segment to your site?
    Enjoy!

  5. Perhaps while you’re there you might enlighten us as to the actual definition of misogyny. Remember the gold standard of feminist equality. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Damn that’s rich. If you say anyone daring to ridicule any woman or ridicule what any woman says, in the spirit of feminist equality, you must hold women to the same standard.

    Since I can go to any comment on manboobz, like the one right above where I’m typing, which is…. “Not that the brain meltdowns of ignoramuses (ignoramii?) should factor in your decision-making process. Those, “ignoramuses or (ignoramii?),” are men. Is you use anything like this be sure to include women as well in their rampnat misandry online. Remember, if any criticism is a woman or women as a group is considere misogyny, any criticism of a man or men as a group is misandry. Ridiculing MRAs is a grouping of people. Everyone one of you is a misandrist. I’ll be sure to read up myself on your pathetic progress.

  6. Slavey, go away, you’re starting to get creepy with this, and kind of sad. Your words echo hollow and are heard by nobody.

  7. MU5LIMS!!! I will be in a half-day retreat with a bunch of librarians (more fun than it sounds! we’ll have delicious snax!) so can’t catch the livestream, but I think Al Jazeera usually makes a recording available too.

    You’ll do great, have fun, ect. ect. ;-)

  8. Those, “ignoramuses or (ignoramii?),” are men.

    No, those “ignoramuses or (ignoramii?)” are misogynists who may or may not be men. I know it’s hard for you to grasp Slavie but not all men are misogynists or agree with you and not all misogynists are men (I’m pretty sure the Thinking Housewife who was featured here a few days ago doesn’t identify as male and she’s certainly a misogynist).

    And again, no one is saying that all criticism of a woman is misogyny that requires that you use the fact that she is a woman to dismiss her. If a woman says “the earth is flat” telling her she’s wrong because the earth is (roughly) round isn’t misogyny, telling her that she’s wrong because women can’t understand science is misogyny. See this xkcd http://xkcd.com/385/

  9. @Noadi – this is NWO – we can’t assume he knows the world is round ;)

  10. Slavey saw that shoe laying there and he just had to put it on.
    It fit perfectly.

  11. I would stress that anonymity and pseudonymity should not be considered causes of misogyny online. Newspaper comment sections are full of bigoted vitriol under real names. If anything pseudonymity allows women to be safer online without being stalked or dismissed for having a female name.

  12. I respect your work, David, but I have to ask. Will there be women experts speaking or only men?

  13. Woa, David, congrats! You get to go on TV and be an important person!

    On a slightly off topic note, I went to the website and looked at the front page news item… I’ve always said that human nature doesn’t change in time or place as a heartening thing, but this is disheartening…

    A recent viral video of a mob molestation brought gender inequity to the forefront. The outrage caused by the incident was not directed entirely at the attackers; one government official suggested that women should be careful about their dress for fear of sexual violence.

    Of course he did.

    Oh, hai slavey. My mind started wondering off by the end of your post, and I think yours did too.

  14. The sad thing is, Owly actually seems to believe he’s catching us in a double bind. What a waste of a mind, smh.

  15. “A, B, Misogyny, D, E, F, Misogyny… ”

    Gold star for Douchetrelle.

  16. To echo ithiliana … yep. The first thought in my mind was “will there be any WOMEN speaking about women’s issues?” Nothing personal, though …

  17. C… G? I don’t get it…

  18. It’d work better if you went “A. B. C. Mih. Saw. Gen. Nee.” The sounds match up much better.

  19. Congrats, David, I hope it goes great!

    One thing I think might be important to mention is that I’ve seen many times on blogs where some people defend misogynist attacks on women by claiming it’s just trolling, so it’s not really misogyny. I think it’s important to say that if sexist slurs are being used against women as trolling, it’s still misogyny. That seems really obvious to me, but I saw quite a bit of that in some of the atheist blogs’ comments.

  20. A, B, Misogyny, D, E, F, Misogyny… ”

    Gold star for Douchetrelle.

    when are you going to post your videos?

  21. It will be interesting to see which men’s rights activist they invite on to give the other side of the story.

    Oh wait, I forgot, mainstream media is institutionally misandric in its victim-femalist conformity, so won’t bother.

    Another splash in the shallow end for Douchetrelle.

  22. The fact that I’d like to record a question but don’t want to risk getting tracked down, hate mailed, or just reading nasty comments about myself online, is what the kids call a case in point.

  23. It will be interesting to see which men’s rights activist they invite on to give the other side of the story.

    Oh wait, I forgot, mainstream media is institutionally misandric in its victim-femalist conformity, so won’t bother.

    Another splash in the shallow end for Douchetrelle.

    awww, tommy’s upset because his fifteen minutes are over

  24. @Tom:

    Pray tell us. What exactly is the “other side of the story” on the question:

    Do women face more misogyny online than they do in person? Why? Does it reflect real sentiment or opportunistic, anonymous behavior? Have you experienced harassment as a woman online? What can be done about it?

    And before you say it, no. The “other side” is not “I’m going to talk about a completely different topic: how much discrimination men face. To Al Jazeera.”

  25. ithiliana,I think it’s going to be mostly women, among them Helen Lewis of the Guardian.

  26. Is…is Tom Martin referencing the Cookie Monster alphabet?

  27. Oh cool! Congrats David, I put a reminder in my phone.

  28. That’s Helen Lewis of the New Statesman and Guardian, who debated me on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, and is a defender of the “feminists can’t be sexist against men” faith.

    Sounds like a very biased panel so far – as I suspected.

    “Yeah, we’re going to be debating hatred against women from a man-hating perspective.”

    I’d rather watch synchronized swimming.

  29. I hope you have fun, Tom! Synchronized swimming is very beautiful, and those women are such athletes.

  30. Click on this link and the BBC debate with me and Helen Lewis automatically starts up:

    http://sexismbusters.org/

  31. I think little Tommy is in need of some attention.

  32. I think this gender debate panel is in need of some balance. Yawn.

  33. ‘Cause nuthin’ says balance like “98% percent of women are wh*res.” You’re a fuckin’ joke, Tom. Don’t insult us by pretending you’re a grownup.

  34. Read the word yawn – yawned. Most suggestible Magpie ever?

  35. If a guy gets a reputation for being a woman hater, it could hurt his career and social life. So it’s better for him if he does his women hating anonymously online.

  36. Time to begging us to visit his site: 1:47

  37. Good luck with the show, David, can’t wait to see it.

  38. Oh, and Ruby is here. Awesome.

  39. Actually katz, I think that time’s already passed.

  40. Tom – all I hear is you getting pwned by Helen.

  41. Also, I cannot get over the irony how awful it is that there’s a rights movement that advocates primarily women and not men, but it’s all right to have entire movements only for men that hate movements primarily for women.

  42. Will there be a recording of it posted? I don’t think I will be around when it starts but I want to see it.

  43. I’m guessing Tommy’s hit counter is down. Maybe he’s relying on money from web ads to pay off that 37K court bill.

  44. Jumbofish, they put each episode of the show up on their youtube channel a day or so after it airs.

    I’m not going to be one of the main featured guests; they have a couple of guests in the studio and four or five guests on a sort of webcam panel. I[m one of the latter.

  45. @hard seats kid

    No-one can be sexist against men. It’s not just feminists. That’s not how sexism works.

    It will be interesting to see which men’s rights activist they invite on to give the other side of the story.

    Oh wait, I forgot, mainstream media is institutionally misandric in its victim-femalist conformity, so won’t bother.

    Another splash in the shallow end for Douchetrelle.

    If it makes you happy, I’ll imagine a balding white guy yelling derogatory terms for sex workers and complaining about the furniture’s misandry after every segment, just for you. Good enough?

  46. As a first-time commenter on here, I am surprised and saddened by the poor quality of this site’s resident MRA trolls. nwoslave’s comments are only barely coherent, while Tom Martin is employing the kinds of rhetorical strategies I’d expect to see on a forum dedicated to arguing about which Harry Potter character is the hottest.

    I give the Manboobz trolls a D. Could do better.

  47. (Imagines)

    “That webcam is a $%$re! As are 97% of webcams, of course. Please visit my website for more information – have your credit card ready.)

  48. Sean, NWO has been sort of phoning it in lately, and Tom is definitely off his game tonight. Perhaps because I’ve banned him from using his favorite word, “whore.” (I’m allowed to use it, though.)

    Also, to everyone, having now watched a couple of episodes of TheStream, I can say that they do indeed use some of the webcam comments that people send in. Same thing with tweets — just use the hashtag #AJStream. So I’d encourage any of you to send some nice pithy comments in to them.

  49. (I’m allowed to use it, though.)

    How embarressing would it be if you got yourself stuck in moderation on your own site? :P

  50. Aw, poor Tommy. He misses us.

  51. I’m sure he misses the w-word too. (ONLY HIS FAVORITE WORD EVER QQ)

  52. I really hope they’ll also interview some women who have actually been targeted.

  53. filetofswedishfish

    Yeeeaah, I’m super iffy on recording my face and my name and location. Just cause trolls, you know? Which sort or proves the point, I think. But I’d like to point out: does it really matter if they just be trollin’ for lulz, or if they *actually* think all women should be, I don’t know, dragged into the street and beaten? Either way they’re saying awful shit to be saying awful shit, and online at least, the result is the same: make women online feel uncomfortable, and possibly leave whatever space and be more unwilling to go there. I feel like Manboobz has had this debate before.

  54. I’d rather watch synchronized swimming.

    LOL. I know this is meant as yet another coded “LADY SPORTS ARE LADY-ESQUE AND WIMPY!” but I always have to laugh at throw-away comments like these about codified “lady” sports that are supposedly “easy”, specifically synchro (synchronized swimming). A lot of my synchro teammates became lifeguards in high school and/or college and were always telling me what a piece of cake the certification was compared to any of our practices.

    Which, yanno, makes sense, since a lot of our sporting included holding our breath for long periods of time and lifting each other up out of the water for fun.

    Anyway, best of luck to you David! I’ll be watching! Unless synchronized swimming really IS on at that time. Then I might have to tape one or the other ;)

  55. That would be… 20h30 for me, if I’m not mistaken. I look forward to watch this.

    Obvious note: before any troll ask, yes, all Manboobzers will convert to Islam for the occasion, as our dear guru clearly wants us to. Yes, being is a cult can sometimes be complicated. (and obviously we will all be fanatic fundamentalists, which is as all trolls know the one true Islam)

  56. Women use much more misandry than men use misogyny – I confirmed this with a recent filmed street experiment, but found the results to be so boringly predictable, and have decided to cut straight to a documentary on whether women who have relinquished prostitution can be as funny as men (as it will be new knowledge).

    The fact that researchers already know women use more hostile sexism than men makes it even more incongruous of the establishment to keep going on about misogyny alone.

  57. To clarify, I’d rather watch synchronized swimming, despite it being the only Olympic sport women are allowed to compete in but not men.

    There will be male toadies at this misogyny debate, but they don’t count.

  58. @Tom:

    Why not release the boring results? Apparently only you think it’s predictable, so why not show everyone that you were right? You know… provide evidence? Otherwise you’d look like you were just posturing to make yourself look important. We wouldn’t want that, now would we?

    (I see you still haven’t answered my question about what the “other side of the story” was… was that more posturing? I’m gonna assume yes.)

  59. Tom never made a video, he got too drunk and posted comments instead.

  60. @Bostonian:

    Do you really think Tom would do that? Just go on the internet and tell lies? D:

  61. Women use much more misandry than men use misogyny – I confirmed this with a recent filmed street experiment, but found the results to be so boringly predictable, and have decided to cut straight to a documentary on whether women who have relinquished prostitution can be as funny as men (as it will be new knowledge).

    So Tom isn’t going to produce his evidence that confirms his hypothesis. How unpredictable! *eyeroll*

  62. Crumbelievable

    I just noticed that The Spearhead has done away with its comment voting system, no doubt a pathetic attempt to hide the amount of support MRAs get for misogynistic rants and terrorist threat on that site.

  63. Tom has never done anything of actual use in his life. I fully expect him to lie about everything he does. Well, and yell about sex workers in nonsensical ways.

  64. To clarify, I’d rather watch synchronized swimming, despite it being the only Olympic sport women are allowed to compete in but not men.

    Not true: women can’t compete in the ski jump. And it was only this year that Olympic boxing was extended to women.

    And of course historically women have been barred from far, far more Olympic sports.

  65. Women use much more misandry than men use misogyny – I confirmed this with a recent filmed street experiment, but found the results to be so boringly predictable, and have decided to cut straight to a documentary on whether women who have relinquished prostitution can be as funny as men (as it will be new knowledge).

    so in other words it was too hard and you gave up

    im sure youll definitely finish the next one, tho

  66. @Wetherby:

    Tom wasn’t talking about all exclusive sports, he was just talking about the ones where men are excluded. Those are the only ones that matter, ya’know?

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