Stop Facebook silencing intersectional feminism
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An extremely popular intersectional feminist group that I and some 4000 others are a part of has been disabled. This group is called 'JALI: Just a little idea...'
Facebook stated the following reasons: 'JALI: Just a little idea... was disabled for not following the Facebook Terms and Community Standards. We don't allow groups containing threats of physical harm to other people or content that directly targets individuals. In addition, we don't allow groups containing hate speech or that single people out based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease.'
I put to you the following definition of intersectionality: 'Intersectionality is a term coined by American feminist legal scholar, critical race theorist, and civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw to describe overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination. Intersectionality is the idea that multiple identities intersect to create a whole that is different from the component identities. These aspects of identity are not "unitary, mutually exclusive entities, but rather ... reciprocally constructing phenomena". The theory proposes that individuals think of each element or trait of a person as inextricably linked with all of the other elements in order to fully understand one's identity.'
Upon reading the above, I will now urge Facebook to reinstate our intersectional feminist group without delay. Our Admin received a message stating that we have somehow breached the Facebook Terms, even though threats of physical harm to other people / hate speech that singles people out based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease are exactly the things JALI: Just a little idea... actively fights against every single hour of every single day.
JALI: Just a little idea... is not a space for hatred and discrimination. It is a space that fights hatred and discrimination. It is a space that allows the victims of hatred and discrimination to come forward and share ideas, stories, learning opportunities and offer group therapy in an online environment that makes them feel safe, loved, appreciated and, most importantly, heard. So many individuals have joined this space in the four years since our Admin started it who have had their lives turned around just by meeting people who are like them, or at the very least, are willing to listen to and learn from them. In disabling this page, Facebook, you are silencing voices that have already been silenced once before: in a world where threats of physical harm and discrimination / hate speech were not fought against. There are countless significantly more harmful groups that exist on Facebook that I hope to direct your attention towards, such as Britain First and Return of Kings (to name just a couple). These need Facebook intervention more than JALI: Just a little idea... does. JALI: Just a little idea... is a positive space, and its members are grateful that Facebook has provided us with a platform to exist on. Many of us do not know each other outside of the internet, and Facebook has allowed us to come together and form meaningful friendships. Please do not keep this space away from us.
All the members of JALI: Just a little idea...
JALI has become such a big part of all our lives - it serves as a space for us all to discuss feminism, mental health, our every day lives, in an environment that is non-judgemental, supportive, and safe. It is a space for women and non binary-folk.
Please let's all sign this petition, send it to every single member of JALI - we need JALI back!
- Wilhelmiina Sjoblom
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