Welcome to 2017, where everything continues to be just the absolute worst. As if women haven't been facing enough nightmarish things lately (and, well, forever), there's a new headline to feel absolute, boiling rage about. It turns out that if you're a person who writes the phrase "men are scum" on Facebook, you'll be banned by the social media platform because white men are classified as a protective group. Yes, you read that right. Let's all take a moment to collectively take a calming breath so our heads don't explode.
You know when you're commenting on a friend's post on Facebook and casually say "men are scum" and then you get banned for 30 days?
It might sound crazy but that’s exactly what happened to comedian Marcia Belsky. It seems like a bit of an overreaction, considering all the sexist and racist things that are perpetually said on Facebook, doesn’t it?
But, alas, since women can't seem to ever get a break, we can't even comment that "men are scum" without getting thrown off of Facebook.
Belsky isn’t the only one that’s being shut down.
“I personally posted men are scum in November and I received a seven-day ban. It’s still ongoing,” comedian Alison Klemp explained.
And it's not just calling men scum that is getting women banned.
According to Daily Beast, comedian Kayla Avery has been locked out of Facebook roughly 10 times. Her page was flooded with disgusting and derogatory messages, so she simply wrote “men continue to be the worst.”
“There was one guy who was threatening to find my house and beat me up,” Avery said. “I got banned before I could even successfully report it.”
Real cool, Facebook. Way to make women feel safe.
But women stick to together ... even if that means we're all going to get banned.
On November 24, women decided to all post “men are scum” on Facebook after the issue of being banned was brought up in a private Facebook group of women comedians.
Almost everyone who posted that day got banned.
A Twitter thread by comedian Rae Sanni went viral, inspiring tons of other women to share their stories of similar situations.
Avery decided to take matters into her own hands, and created a website to document the stories women shared.
It’s called FacebookJailed.com, and it’s a great read if you want to pull all of your hair out in frustration and anger.
“Comedian and writer Rae Sanni has been targeted by nazi trolls who hurled dozens of threatening and violent messages and comments at her for days,” a recent post detailed. “…Sanni was banned by Facebook while her abusers are free to say sh*t like this without being in violation of community standards.”
The post also comes with screenshots from Sanni, showing that Facebook doesn’t consider internet trolls calling her the N-word “hate speech.”
And things only continue to get more troubling…