This abuse, it must be stressed, is not a matter of free speech. It is a matter of public safety and law. Threats of death, rape or other physical harm are illegal online, just as they are offline. Likewise, it is against the law to encourage a person to harm themselves.
By keeping these discussions taboo, we rob people of the basic support and understanding necessary to deal with their loss. By keeping these discussions taboo, we force women and families to suffer in silence.
On Friday I was honoured to be the recipient of an Edna Ryan award for making a significant contribution to feminist debate across a number of issues, for speaking out for women and children including those in war zones and in poor and developing societies and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.
Today is the International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated annually on October 11 to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls, including child marriage. Rates of child marriage have risen sharply and in some cases doubled in Syrian refugee camps. I recently visited Syrian refugees, aid workers and gender-based violence experts in Lebanon, the country hosting the largest ratio of refugees per capita in the world, to learn more.
Vintage lovers, my vintage dedicated web digs are now live at victorylamour.com and all future vintage and retro blog posts will be found there. At Victory Lamour I’ll be focusing on midcentury history, 40s and 50s fashion and film, as well as sustainability and recycling methods, authentic vintage and retro reproduction fashion, vintage caravans (and their repairs), gender and feminism, and the new body-positive pin-up movement.
Regardless of whether we personal agree with or participate in the circulation of particular images of dead refugees, and regardless of our thoughts on the use of trigger warnings, we must agree that being shocked by these distressing images is NOT enough. Shock must be matched by action.