facebook: Ban misogynistic pages, even those labeled "controversial humor."
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facebook: Ban misogynistic pages, even those labeled "controversial humor."

    1. Monique Carbonell
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      Monique Carbonell

      Atlanta, GA

Facebook has an obligation to remove pages that encourage the hatred of women and girls, even "[Controversial Humor]" ones.  Misogyny is not humorous.

Facebook is not 4chan, a website euphemistically known as "the asshole of the internet." Facebook is supposed to be a social network friendly for people ages 13 and above. It is not at all friendly to females of ANY age to have pages like "[Controversial Humor] R.A.P.E. is just sex that you didn't know that (sic) you wanted," "[Controversial Humor] Throwing Bricks at Sluts," or "[Controversial Humor] 12 Year Old Sluts." Pages such as these contribute to rape culture and normalize violence against women and girls. There is nothing humorous about rape, torture, or abuse.

It would behoove Facebook to, at the very least, acknowledge that misogyny exists by adding it to its list of "reasons for reporting" a page. Right now, no such labeling exists. Although any thinking person would recognize that misogyny clearly falls under "hate speech," Facebook does not seem to recognize it as such. Any time one of these pages, which are full of hate speech against women and girls, gets reported, nothing happens on Facebook's end. The pages are allowed to remain. Facebook needs to recognize that misogyny is alive and well on its website and that it is very, very destructive to girls and women. Allowing these types of pages on their website is akin to endorsing the wholesale violation of all females everywhere. Hiding behind the "[Controversial Humor]" label does not make the heinousness or danger of these misogynistic pages go away. It just legitimizes them in the Facebook environment.

Facebook is a powerful and influential entity in the world. Allowing these abuses of women and girls on Facebook desensitizes all of the millions of Facebook users to violence against women and girls, thereby perpetuating it. Facebook must put a stop to this or they will be responsible for helping to create the next generation of rapists.

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    2. Amanda Todd

      Monique Carbonell
      Petition Organizer

      I recently found out about Amanda Todd, a fifteen-year-old Canadian girl who killed herself after being tormented via Facebook and in real-life. A man who stalked her created a page on Facebook to torment her; apparently nothing was done about the page until it was too late. This isn't merely "cyber-bullying." Amanda was targeted because she was female. *Misogyny* is at the root of the relentless harassment she received at the end of her short life. Here is Amanda Todd's story, in her own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HQbihJlY344 Please keep sharing this petition to help prevent more tragedies like this one.

      Amanda Todd's My story: Struggling, Bullying, Suicide, Self Harm (FULL VIDEO)

      'My story: Struggling, bullying, suicide, self harm' by Amanda Todd NOTE: THIS IS NOT ME I am not affiliated with Amanda or any members of her family in anyway. RIP Amanda Todd - November 27, 1996- October 10, 2012 No copyright intended. Watch the original video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vOHXGNx-E7E Her You Tube video started out innocently enough.

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    4. Reached 1,000 signatures!

      Monique Carbonell
      Petition Organizer

      Hello, everyone. Thank you for supporting this petition. It is so important to make the message clear to society (and Facebook is a SOCIAL network): STOP RAPING. Allowing pages that promote rape does the exact opposite. Thank you for your support and keep sharing.

      There are countless pages out there on Facebook promoting the debasement and sexual abuse of women and girls. They are reported and nothing happens because the reporting system Facebook designed does not account for misogyny (it should). The good news is that ONE of those rape-promotion pages was removed yesterday as a result of this outcry. Let's hope that page disappears forever. But we need to convince Facebook to change their policy altogether if we are to create a safe social networking environment. Rape is never humorous. Sexual violence is not a joke. Facebook is no place for the perpetuation of rape culture.

      Please keep sharing this petition to help create a safer world for women and girls.

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