Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir, an Icelandic feminist who has captured the attention of a nation ever since she set up a Facebook album back in February, ‘ Men Who Hate Women ’...
In the popular album she points out the perpetrators of the everyday casual sexism directed at women in general, and feminists in particular, that she has found on public forums across the web.
Interestingly a British website, The Everday Sexism Project, has recently been set up to document similar sexist comments on a daily basis. The idea has caught on across Twitter – with many people now regularly contributing to the collection using the hashtag: #everydaysexism.
Some have applauded Hildur’s bravery; others have been less supportive. Last month, in a comment to an article on Icelandic newspaper DV’s website subsequently published on his publicly-visible Facebook wall, one man declared: “If I ‘accidentally’ ran over Hildur, she is probably the only person on earth that I would back up over, and leave the car on top of her with the hand brake on!!!” He concluded with the provocation, “Put this in your ‘men who hate Hildur’ folder, Hildur Lilliendahl.”
So she did. The result? Hildur has now been slapped with a 30-day ban from the social networking site - the fourth time her account has been blocked since first setting up the album .
“I have been reported several times on the grounds of screenshots posted in the album,” Hildur says. “I moved the album to a Tumblr page after Facebook blocked me so that I could keep it open.”
It is against Facebook’s terms of service to post images of other people’s Facebook pages without written permission. “At Facebook we deplore bullying,” said a spokesperson. “We made this rule because screengrabs are one way that bullies can try to bypass privacy and sharing settings.”
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