Short thread. If you disclose sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape within a group where the perpetrator is known to others in that group (which could be a family, work or social setting), here’s some of what you can expect to happen to you in the aftermath:
A few people may treat you v. well, but many people will:
A. Express surprise & horror but keep socialising & happily working with the perp.
B. Tell you they want to help but “can’t get involved” & “don’t want to get mixed up in anything unsavoury”.
C. Start to subtly ...
... or not subtly) distance themselves from you.
D. Inform you the perp couldn’t possibly be a danger to anyone else in the office/social group/family.
E. Privately talk with each other (& whisper to you) about whether you have motives for making the incident up.
The launch of our new #DontFundRape campaign will occur (hopefully) tomoz, not today as prev stated. It will target companies who pay political “donations” to the LNP, which can now be seen as an org. which covers up rape.
This short delay in rolling out #DontFundRape is due (as usual) to a lack of finances to pay workers. We try to pay all those who do the work to organise lists. It might seem like a quick task, but it takes hundreds of hours each month to organise & operate our campaigns.
The most valuable thing you can do today is donate to help us get this started. A 1-off amount, or (preferably) a recurring payment each month. This could be $5, $10, $20 or more/month, depending on your anger & income. Donations can be made via here: linktr.ee/MFWitches
I will vote for anyone leading the Labor Party at the next federal election. & I won’t talk against that leader as altho I know I can vote for other progressive parties & still preference LNP last, ppl who see what I say may not know how to do that.
Which means anything I say against Labor or their leader will negatively influence their chance of winning that election. This doesn’t mean I think Labor is perfect, or even great. It means I think voting Labor is the ONLY chance AUS has of being a slightly better place.
Once it is a slightly better place, then ppl will see their lives improving & momentum will build to make it even better still. This is currently the ONLY way to make a better world. Yep, it’s really hard, & made harder by lying media (which is why we’re working on them).
A. Witches, this is a thread based on extensive criticism we’ve had this afternoon that we’re a “vigilante group” hell-bent on “taking down people for one mistake” becos of Pete Evans.
It’s been put to us that ppl are “scared to say anything” in case “the witches attack them”.
B. While in our opinion many of these comments vastly over-estimate our power, we’ll briefly address the main issues raised.
Firstly, here’s a list of people we witches believe we’ve had removed from positions of influence (or helped achieve this) in the past year or so:
What do these people have in common? Well, they’re all constant, unrelenting and contemptible offenders. They all lie and/or engage in overt racism, sexism, climate-denial, #COVID19-denial or other forms of hate repeatedly.
Good morning to all who can see our account again today after we were suspended yesterday for saying *one* word non-abusively about Trump that we’ve seen dozens of men’s accounts say including directly to Trump & none were suspended.
In past few weeks, MFW have been deliberately targeted for abuse by several different men, all claiming to be progressive.
All but 1 we’d never interacted with AFAWK, & that 1 got ragey after we gently pulled him up on a sexist comment.
2/6. We wouldn’t raise this again as we’d rather focus on our campaign work, but in nearly all of these cases we were contacted by DM after by women who’d also faced abuse from the same men. In one case, we received DMs from EIGHT women saying the man in question had stalked ...
3/6. ... or threatened or otherwise hurt either them or a woman they knew. The lengths women went to to let us know to be extra careful & to have our backs on this was extraordinary, as they didn’t know we’d keep this information confidential so it was a risk to get in touch.
A. We’ve now established, witches, this account is being actively limited by @Twitter. They seem to be doing it on the basis of increasing troll attacks involving multiple, organised reports becos of our increasing success with the anti-Murdoch #NewsCorpse campaign. Short thread.
B. For us to be limited by @Twitter in this way is disgraceful. It means that for trying to improve public discourse in AUS & limit the negative effects of media monopolies, trolls & RW groups can de-rail this just by reporting our account & having Twitter impose sanctions.
C. It also means the more we succeed, the worse these attacks on us will get. Ultimately, it’ll make our campaign untenable & ineffective.
We’re unsure whether this targeting of us is paid, but it could well be: just as the poll results highlighted by @MediaWatch were paid for.
A close friend works for a large energy company which decided a few years ago to ensure its men & women were paid equally. The announcement was made and my friend (in middle management) laughingly told me this wouldn’t affect her.
2/4. She was wrong. She was stunned to discover that for years, she’d been paid around $3,000 per year less than male counterparts, and even less than some of the male subordinates in her team. She had no idea. The company increased her pay, and paid her back-pay for some years.
3/4. She was thrilled about the sudden back-pay boost & pay rise, but devastated that a company she’d trusted would do this to her. She was lucky enough to be able to move elsewhere as this issue destroyed her goodwill.
A. Heads-up for those sneering about @DanielAndrewsMP discussing dog grooming at yesterday’s presser.
This is not about wealthy Melburnians & their designer dogs: it’s an animal welfare issue for tens of thousands of people who own non-shedding animals, like me. Short thread.
B. The reason people own such animals are varied. Many (like me) have family members with dangerous allergies. Many are rescue dogs, since it’s true that many such animals were over-bred in recent years & many people gave them up as they refused to pay for the grooming required.
C. & many people just wanted dogs that are, in the main, lovely pets who can sleep on the couch or in a child’s bed without requiring industrial-level pet-hair removal.
It’s true many own them because they’re fashionable, but that’s not the whole story. They make great pets.
1. For those now hassling @DanielAndrewsMP about why Mildura isn’t opened up, here’s a short thread.
I was in Mildura some weeks ago before lockdown kicked in again. I was sitting outside at a cafe, & a man sitting at the next (socially distanced) table was regaling his mates.
2. He was telling them how he’d come up from Melb 4 days earlier, even though that wasn’t permitted. He was laughing about how he evaded the harder Melbourne lockdown.
He was sitting at a table with 4 other people, none of them worried about breathing in his (potential) virus.
3. If the VIC govt. announced less-strict rules in some areas of regional VIC, ppl would rush from harder locked-down areas to less locked-down areas in the few days between announcing new rules & implementing them. We’ve already seen this many times on previous occasions.
Our new campaign is now live! We’re thrilled to bring you our new list of companies & ppl deliberately working against VIC govt. advice on lockdowns. Details are in the new #DeathMerchant Tab in this link: bit.ly/MFW_NEWSCORPSE…
We urge you to boycott companies on this list, & CONTACT THEM TO TELL THEM WHY. If you don’t get in touch, this won’t work. This isn’t our campaign: IT’S YOURS. We notice thousands of tweeps look at & love the work we do, but a much lower number ACTUALLY DO THE HARD WORK.
Campaigns don’t work without huge people power. That’s where you come in. We work our witchy arses off to bring you the info needed, but it takes thousands of witches for this to succeed. If enough get involved, THIS COULD SAVE LIVES: MAYBE YOURS OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU.
Okay, listen up. Everyone’s asking us to add to our campaign boycott lists to include every business who’s helping bully @DanielAndrewsMP ATM.
Happy to do this but need help, we’re already overloaded with work on our #NewsCorpse campaign.
There are 2 ways you can help:
1. We need the name of every company involved in the whinging. We know of Jim’s Mowing, but need all others. & we need more than a name: email, facebook, twitter addresses plus phone, & names/contacts of principals if possible. The more info we have, the more this works.
2. The 2nd way to help is to fund us to ramp this up more quickly. Most of our campaign helpers still work for free, & we could get much more done with more $$$. Donation links are on the bottom of every Facebook post we do.