Fae approves “cunt”

Fae is one of the most powerful – and divisive – insiders the Wikimedia movement has ever seen.  And one of the biggest bullies.

Back in 2012 got into some controversy and the Signpost detailed it all —  his resignation from the UK chapter under a cloud, his sudden re-emergence as he kicked himself upstairs as chair of the Wikimedia Chapters Association, and the subsequent arbcom case, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Fæ. The case involved bondage nudes of himself he uploaded to Commons, the  badgering of volunteers on Jimbotalk, legal threats, and multiple sockpuppets which he refused to disclose. The arbcom case only lists a few socks, but if you dig deep enough into the Wikimedia blog, and other dark corners, you will find he eventually gave up over 200 sockpuppets, which probably makes him a more prolific puppeteer than even Kumioko.  Who knows how many more he didn’t give up.

And he was powerful enough, even then, to be able to get his arbcom case courtesy blanked. You can still read it here though.  And from what I can tell, it looks like he is still topic banned from “BLPs relating to sexuality” and “images relating to sexuality”.  But that is only on English Wikipedia.  He is still throwing his weight around elsewhere, mansplaining, disrupting, and dictating to women about what it means to be female and how to run their groups.  And it seems he has been given secret permission to form a private LGBT Telegram group, but who gave the permission and where the discussion took place is still unknown. But it looks like the group does not lack for lemmings, or bullies.

A case in point: the proposed Women in Red user group, now dead in the water.

Women in Red has morphed several times.  It started out at Wikimania in Mexico City as Project XX, but that was quickly renamed as a courtesy to trans women, as it implied two X chromosomes. It was first proposed by Victuallers, of Gibraltergate paid editing scandal fame, but it was quickly realized that a woman’s group run by men was not a good look. Rosiestep came forward as the female partner, and seems to have enjoyed a lot of support from somewhere with bots, stats, Wikipedian-of-the year designation, and so forth. She remains the public face of the group, but who really runs it is anybody’s guess. But nobody can dispute that WiR has gotten a huge number of biographies of women into WikiData, and from there into the google algorithms, which is the true purpose of Wikipedia.

Rosiestep’s angle in this is also anyone’s guess but there might be a clue here, in the pub crawl comment:

It is generally known that each project gets to designate a member to the Summit in Germany, which has a reputation for beer, not to mention the free plane ticket and luxury hotel. This year the projects are only allowed one instead of two members (or member + guest), which always turns out to be the (male) president of the organization plus one other, but because of the ongoing consultation, maybe it was thought the women needed a representative. So maybe Fae wanted that beer slot for one of his own Telegram people, or maybe he just wanted to wreck it for the women. Or maybe, with the increasing problems with corruption on enwiki, the power center is shifting once again back to the affiliates and Fae wants to seize power before that happens and have the groups stacked with even more LGTB than there are already. Consider this change in the bylaws, from the group’s talk page. But whatever the reason, Fae appeared on the talk page of the fledgling group and strong-armed them into a name change from Women in Red to Gender Diversity Visibility Community User Group, or GDVCUG for short. (See @WikiWomenInRed is DOWN)

Imagine if the powerful MilHist group, which has traditionally been a stepping stone to the arbitration committee and similar hat-collecting, was forced to change their name to “Military history and homosexuality”, or if Opera was forced to become “Opera and transgender diversity”.  WiR barely survives and does so only by knowing whose ass to kiss. But no one dares go against Fae, so one by one, the volunteers who started out with such enthusiasm, and have been frequent participants in intersectionality editing events, and enthusiastically participated in events for getting LGBT articles up to speed, have one by one discovered they have other commitments in real life that conflict with their participation in this new group.

And what did WiR get in return?  Maybe the LGBT members have turned out to be valuable allies, and that having experienced discrimination themselves will offer some support and understanding?

Not.

Here is Fae’s “cunt” re-tweet, that I promised you in the title.

Fae thinks this is funny and re-tweets it for his subscribers.

Is there anyone on Wikipedia by now who does not understand how this is misogyny? How it feeds into creating an environment that allows women to be subjected to a whole spectrum of abuse? How it is used in sexual assault, and in particular to remind women that they can be forcibly impregnated at any moment, and the chilling effect this has on women’s participation?

Does Fae care? No. He thinks it’s funny and thinks it’s worth retweeting just to insult some politician and amuse his followers. Fae is secure in his British male privilege, his arrogance, his sense of entitlement, and uses the occasion to punch down. A politician has made some statement he didn’t like, but instead of addressing the issue directly, he finds a less powerful group to turn around and stomp on.

Does Fae get it? Does he understand how disrespect works? Oh yeah.

And Fae has no problem passing on the signal to other bullies, to encourage distaste, dehumanization, and hatred of their target: women.

In fact, Fae seems to specialize in creating an abusive environment for women. Here’s another one he retweeted.  This is just what Wikipedia needs, a bunch of dudes who are already watching porn to come over and join some Wikipedia editing events in person. That should make the women feel safe.

And this, a bit ironic, it should probably be added to the potty mouth list, but do you count re-tweets of gratuitous f-bombs? Hm, he looks kinda underage…

fae-retweets-f-bomb disguised
Screenshot includes Photo by Jonatan Svensson Glad, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

[Note: it has come to my attention that this screenshot incorporates a photo Fae retweeted of Jonatan Svensson Glad, who is on Twitter, also Wikipedia user:Josve05a, an admin on Commons.  I have added a second attribution of the type Wikimedia blog uses for his photos, and have also altered the photo slightly to emphasize that the purpose of the screenshot is not to be an exact representation of the photo in the screenshot but rather criticism and comment.  In particular, it is one of several examples of the type of smut Fae adds to his Twitter feed at the same time he is bewailing Wikipedia’s toxic environment elsewhere.]

Here’s another one, calling a woman a vulgar term for prostitute.


Except it’s not a woman, it’s a female impersonator, Brian Firkus, whose stage name is Trixie Mattel, and who not surprisingly seems to have a much more polished article on Wikipedia than any of the women jazz musicians I listed a few days ago for black history month.

Imagine now someone in blackface, who thinks racial epithets are funny. Is this really okay, that you can all someone bigoted names, and it’s all just pretend bigotry if they are not really a member of the minority they are dressed up as.

These were dressed up for musical performances, which is no longer acceptable because it is thought to perpetuate harmful stereotypes, but what if they had used their costuming to perpetuate hate speech?

For women, navigating a world in which most men are taller and larger than they are, domestic violence and sexual assault are real, genuine possibilities, and very frighting. One in four women has been assaulted.

Most of us know someone or have witnessed a situation where someone was getting hurt, and we had to evaluate it, and if and when it was safe to intervene.

Or we constantly have to evaluate our surroundings as we move from place to place, use public transportation, or just walk on the sidewalk.  Is that guy behind you following you and should you cross the street to see if he does the same? Or maybe you should not go straight home, so he doesn’t see where you live. It’s a daily dance, and women learn it from the age of 11, constantly scanning the environment for safety, staying aware of your surroundings and not getting lost in thought. It is basic survival.  It sucks your time and your energy.  But to someone like Fae, bondage and physical abuse is just another form of entertainment, and is even sexually arousing. Hurting and killing women is just a big fat joke.

Oh Fae gets it all right.  He just doesn’t care.

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8 thoughts on “Fae approves “cunt”

  1. Thanks for the pingback from Dysk, but a couple of details:

    Fae did not magically waltz in with his special magical penis and force everyone to stop being Oppressive.

    Women in Red has been inclusionist from Day One, since Rosie became the front for the group. It has always welcomed everyone, especially male allies, and even changed the name of the group to recognized trans women as women, which is a still quite controversial in some quarters. In fact, if you go to one of their lunches, you may find yourself in a photo labeled as “queer”. If you look at her gender “mapping” project, you will also see this is a direct copy/paste from LGBT activist groups.

    Fae turned a group for writing notable women into Wikipedia – a group that had every reason to welcome him as an ally – into a group for purely gay activism, for gays only, and made every straight person non-member. Given Wikipedia’s history, it’s pretty certain Lesbians will not be welcome either.

    What Fae did was the equivalent of shaking down the smaller kids on the playground for their lunch money.

    Oh, and dropping the c-bomb is not just “r00d”, it is discriminatory and exclusionist. And coming from Fae, the self-appointed defender of truth and justice, it is hypocrisy.

  2. fæ retweets lots of things, when fæ retweeted propaganda from a pro-corbyn ansoc account which happened to call that yuge buffoon boris the c-bomb, ofc fæ does not see the problem because its poltiks.

    fæ is not the defender of truth and justice, fæ is a queer rights activist. fæ never has or will be doing anything for the good of somebody others cause.

  3. Fae seems to have suddenly got religion. He has been lecturing the mailing list, saying things like “we all need to stand up and callout thoughtless jokes and bad stereotypes” and “This does not stop us Wikipedians having a shared duty to ensure that through our website we are not complicit…” https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2019-March/091946.html

    Before the arcom case opened, of course, he was amplifying those voices instead of calling them out.

    I wonder if Fae would see the problem in this, and if he would be so quick to retweet it, “because poltiks”:

    No idea who are these Corbyn and Boris persons, but the “yuge buffoon” fat-shaming thing I think is unworthy, does not help your argument, whatever it is.

    I’m not convinced that Fae is any kind of activist either, at least he doesn’t seem to have any objectives, other than stirring the pot.

    Funny thing, Emblyn, I was just thinking abut you, and thinking that you would be the next person to make a comment here, and now here you are. I keep getting you mixed up with Embla though, as in Ask and Embla (Askur og Embla).

  4. Corbyn = A radical far-left socialist, and current leader of the Labour Party (UK version of the Democrats).

    Boris = The former mayor of London, he is one of the most well known high ranking members of the Conservative Party (the other main UK party, centre-right leaning), and is almost certain to be their next leader.

    “yuge buffoon” = A general slang term for anyone resembling Donald Trump.

      1. On this side of the pond at least, “huge” means “very large”, and that spelling (“yuge”) would be understood as a Trump parody. Incidentally, Trump is now officially obese, having gained 4 lbs. since his last medical exam. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-very-good-health-slight-weight-gain-puts-him-obese-n971811 Perhaps it was all those Big Macs he had to send out for when the White House kitchen staff was furloughed during the government shutdown. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/14/donald-trump-orders-fast-food-white-house-clemson-football .

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