Despite it being a waste of time and somewhat pointless because trolls are trolls, I spent a large portion of last night weighing in on an argument on Twitter. It began as some douchebag with the handle @GregJessop1 tweeting to well-known writer Clementine Ford (who has over 14,000 followers). See below.
|Birth of a troll|
Of course, he’s an idiot to begin with. If you call someone a ‘sarcastic nasty little bitch’ after insulting their talent and comment on the ‘worthless’ness of a women’s studies degree, ON A PUBLIC FORUM, you can’t turn around and act surprised when people decide to tell you where to stick it. Welcome to the internet.
It was somewhat heartening to see hundreds of women and men jumping to Clementine’s defense, not that she needs it. The conversation spiraled into many different threads and basically deteriorated into Mr Jessop claiming that he understood why men raped women because feminists had destroyed the traditional family units and now women were more promiscuous and not settling down, so if the sex is available why not just take it?
EXCUSE ME WHAT NOW I DON’T EVEN.
There isn’t enough time in the world to screencap every little gem that this guy came up with (and also, his tweets got very c-bomby and sweary after that) but he also claimed to be married himself, to a woman who hated feminists. Right. Yep. Sure, mate. He also felt completely comfortable calling women out for swearing in their tweets, despite having quite a colourful mouth himself. Oh, and lets not forget, what goes on the internet, stays on the internet.
|From quite a while ago now. I remember when this made the news.|
Anyway, the funniest part of all of this came this morning, when he seems to think he’s won. Lolcats. Currently as I write this, he’s informed Twitter that it’s impossible for prostitutes to be raped, that married women need to shut up and make themselves available for sex whenever their husband wants it because it’s their duty, and told me that he doesn’t give ‘a single fuck’ about the opinions of feminists. (Yes, Greg. You’re blue in the face replying to us all because YOU DON’T CARE. Sure.)