After Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn spoke in the United Nations, the world that kept on being bandied about was cyberviolence. Apparently it is the belief that people can do actual violence online. According to the report released by the U.N., online harassment can be just as damaging as gang rape. What does this harassment entail? The answer, according to Sarkeesian, is telling women that they are a liar and that they suck.
Now try and equate those two things in your mind, being gang raped, and being told, “You suck” online, whether it be a tweet or e-mail. One is a brutal act of violence that leave scars for the rest of someone’s life if they survive the ordeal. With the other one you can . . . simply turn off the computer and walk away.
These two things just does not compute within my head. Maybe I’m not the smartest guy in the world, but there just seems to be some sort of disconnect between this concept of cyberviolence and real world, actual violence. There are tools in place for people to protect themselves from cruel words online. On Twitter, for example, you can block anyone from viewing your tweets, and you can mute others so that you do not have to even read the tweets from the offender. There are ways for people to protect themselves from the mean words spoken by others online if they only wish to use them. These are options that just do not exist for violence in the real world.
For me, I had no options when I was a victim of abuse. I could not block the hand of the man who abused me physically. I could not mute the hand of the woman who abused me sexually. Children are missing these tools to protect themselves, not knowing how to prevent the damage to their souls. People claiming that mean words online has the same effect as the literal abuse suffered by survivors is shameful, truly shameful.
Additionally, what is the United Nations doing wasting its time with an issue such as this? There are plenty of other crises around the world that deserves their attention more than this. ISIS invading Syria, leading rape gangs as they tear through the streets. The men fled, leaving women to fend for themselves and their children. There are nations that conscript child soldiers into their ranks. Kids that should be playing games in the yard with their friends are shooting and stabbing others under the orders of warlords.
However it shouldn’t be surprising that the United Nations failed us on so many different levels. This body consisting of diplomats from nations around the world, they have found new and terrifying ways to completely melt down. Just look at the case of Saudi Arabia, one of the worst violators of human rights today.
In Saudi Arabia, men could marry girls as young as 9, while women are not allowed to drive. Public beheadings are commonplace while they hang the headless bodies for all to see. Sentencing people to crucifixion is not a rare occurrence, recently sentencing a 17 year old to die in in this agonizing manner. The government recently decided to arrest anyone who identifies as an atheist as a terrorist. Of all the societies in the world, Saudi Arabia is one of the most backward thinking places you can imagine.
Instead of the United Nations condemning the actions of Saudi Arabia, they placed that nation’s ambassador on the Human Rights Council in a leading role. We have truly reached an age of the lunatics running the asylum, Sarkeesian and Quinn just being two more within the padded walls. Instead of focusing themselves on the real world terrors that are going on around them, they are putting their efforts into this ethereal cyberviolence. If people do not get their priorities straight, horrible incidences of real world violence will be allowed to continue.
Today, October 1, 2015, there has been a school shooting in Oregon leaving 13 dead and 20 more wounded as of the time I wrote this. This is actual, real violence, not the pretend stuff that you talked about at the United Nations. Do the right thing, and focus on what’s really wrong in the world.