For those not keeping up with internet drama (I don't blame you one bit), a trans identified male launched a harrassment campaign against the security provider for internet archive forum and discussion board Kiwi Farms, ostensibly because they were "doxing and threatening" him. In reality, they simply had a thread detailing how he had groomed minors, and he wanted it off the internet (this person had previously run for public office in Canada). Mere days after Cloudflare (the security provider) published a statement saying that they would not drop a customer simply because people don't like their content, they caved to the pressure, and blocked traffic to the site. The response has been a mix of rejoicing from groomers whose sordid internet history is now harder to find, and full mask-off gloating about how they're planning to go after female-run sites like Mumsnet and Ovarit next. Why Mumsnet? Because if there's something these men hate more than being called out for their own behavior, it's women having a space to themselves that men aren't allowed to join (even if they put on a dress and start calling themselves women when it's convenient to them). This goes hand in hand with women being fired from jobs or even arrested (in the UK) for saying something "unkind" on Twitter. It's no coincidence that the victims in these cases are women.
Now I won't pretend that Kiwi Farms isn't filled with basement-dwelling incels and alt-right chuds who were kicked off of Reddit, but it is a dangerous precedent to set that any site on the internet (even if self-hosted) must recite certain rhetoric or be silenced. So what does that mean for female-run sites like us? Where do we go from here? There's no shortage of men who would love to see us banished from the internet. How do we keep ahead of men like these? I'm not posting this because I have a plan (I wish I did), but because I want to start a discussion about how we feel about increasing internet and personal censorship (especially against women), and what we might be able to do about it.