The Shouty Woman

April 26, 2007

Enough is Enough

Filed under: Feminism — by Lucy @ 12:45 pm

Just a quick foray out of hibernation to say goodbye and explain my reasons for quitting. I’ve had it with the feminist ‘blogosphere’, and I won’t be blogging again, at least not in this guise. There’s been some seriously fucked-up shit going on recently, and it’s reached the point where I’m finding it quite frightening, which seems like a pretty good indication that I should get the hell out.

A word before I go: I’ve said it before, but I wish we could look beyond our differences. What’s more important – retreading the porn debate for the 1958346th time, or discussing how we can help and support women in the real world? Women are dying, every day, while we go round and round our silly little circular arguments, trading the same old insults. What is this achieving?

I’m sick of the hatred; I’m sick of the pettyness; I’m sick of the obsessiveness and insularity. I’m sick of the threats – from both sides of the debate – which are becoming more personal and real by the day. There are documented cases of bloggers being ‘outed’, tracked down and physically attacked. Does this stupid feud have to end in actual physical harm before we come to our senses?

And so I’m done. I’ll still read, and I may well comment once in a while, but I won’t be writing any more posts. Enough is enough.




  1. I’m really sorry to hear this. I’ve been keeping you on my feedreader, even though you don’t update much, in hopes of still hearing your voice. I hope you change your mind, but even if you don’t I totally understand your anger and frustration. I’ve got a bit of it myself.

    Comment by kactus — April 26, 2007 @ 3:58 pm |Reply

  2. Thanks Kactus, that means a lot. I may still change my mind; I’m certainly not going to delete the blog, so it’ll be here if I want to come back to it. You never know. x

    Comment by Lucy — April 26, 2007 @ 6:14 pm |Reply

  3. yeah, what kactus said. i’ll keep it on my roll, then, for the archives. and i hope to see you around.

    btw, you may appreciate my latest post…

    Comment by belledame222 — April 26, 2007 @ 7:00 pm |Reply

  4. Believe me, I’m thinking the same thing.
    I’ll blog as I love writing, but I’ve about had it with being any sort of “feminist” blog.

    Comment by Kim — April 27, 2007 @ 1:38 pm |Reply

  5. Forgot to say: I’ll miss you!
    Please drop by to say hello!

    Comment by Kim — April 27, 2007 @ 1:39 pm |Reply

  6. Thanks Kim. I was truly horrified by the way you were treated in that thread – I wish these people could just step back and look at the way they’re treating other women.

    I definitely won’t disappear altogether; I’ll still read and comment on some blogs, just not the ones that make me want to wash my brain out with soap. I’m sure I’ll be a regular visitor to your place, even if you decide to make it kitty-pictures only! (I love those kitties…)

    See you around,

    Lucy xx

    Comment by Lucy — April 27, 2007 @ 1:53 pm |Reply

  7. Lucy, at the moment I too am sorely tempted to pull the plug on my blog. I’m increasingly resentful of how much of my time and energy and feelings are taken up by such negative stuff.
    I will miss your blogging, and you can always keep in touch via email if you feel the need. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Andrea — April 27, 2007 @ 10:10 pm |Reply

  8. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do, Lucy.

    Comment by RenegadeEvolution — April 28, 2007 @ 3:48 am |Reply

  9. Andrea – as I’ve said, I’ll still be around. I hope you don’t stop blogging, but if you did I’d completely understand why.

    Ren – thanks. I may not agree with all your views, but I love your writing and your attitude. You don’t deserve the treatment you’ve been getting, particularly the threats to ‘out’ you. Stormcloud is vile and doesn’t represent any kind of ‘feminism’ that I recognise. Frankly I’m ashamed I even toyed with the idea of being a radical feminist.

    Don’t let them get you down – you’ve got a lot of supporters out there.

    L x

    Comment by Lucy — April 28, 2007 @ 10:08 am |Reply

  10. I’m sorry I waited to delurk until now – your blog’s been a bright spot in my feed reader for a while. I’ll miss reading your views, but I hope things are well for you moving forward.

    Comment by Perinteger — April 29, 2007 @ 6:19 am |Reply

  11. Hi Lucy, I understand, both sides have been awful and I don’t really think it’s right to try and supress each other’s voices even when we don’t agree with something. I’m sorry you’ve decided to leave, but I understand.

    I haven’t been able to collect my thoughts and haven’t really posted anything apart from meme’s and stuff recently. I feel that I may need to go away too and step back for a little while while I figure out my own ideas.

    I do love radical feminism, but I don’t agree with the way some individuals have been acting/reacting. It’s all too easy on the ‘nets to forget that you’re interacting with real people. Anyway, I hope things go well for you, I’ve loved reading your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

    Comment by Liz — May 15, 2007 @ 1:59 pm |Reply

  12. Thanks, Perinteger and Liz.

    Comment by Lucy — May 30, 2007 @ 9:39 pm |Reply

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