This article originally appeared on Hoyden About Town.
Feminist criticism of the “It’s Time to Tell Mum” anti-filtering campaign has shown up on several blogs:
- Sky at witty title pending: Time to tell tech activists to stop the casual sexism
- Michelle at The Red Pill Survival Guide: Don’t forget to tell mum that sexism is bullshit
- Helen at Cast Iron Balconey: It’s time to tell Electronic Frontiers Australia to stick it
ZDNet Australia writer Josh Taylor picked up the story and contacted myself and Geordie Guy, vice-chair of EFA’s board, for comment in his article EFA apologises for ‘sexist’ anti-filter site.
[Geordie] Guy told ZDNet Australia the responses he received to his blog forced him to delete the entry.
“A couple of the comments that came in response to that were really abusive and I didn’t want to start or continue a fight, which is why the article was removed,” he said.
“We sincerely regret that the campaign offended some people,” Guy said, explaining that his personal musings on the blog were superseded by the apology from the EFA board. He said it was inevitable that the different approach to the censorship debate — and getting a comedian involved — would offend a few people.
“Needless to say, we didn’t set out to upset anyone and we don’t think mums are stupid — we think some mums are being treated as such by the government, who is playing on their fears without giving them the full story,” he said.
The EFA though have explicitly disclaimed any apparent apology in their own blog:
So contrary to reports elsewhere, like [Taylor’s piece], we aren’t apologising for the campaign – we’re happy with the way it turned out. Of course, we’d rather nobody was offended, and sincerely regret it. But offending nobody is only possible without any risk-taking, and a risk-free campaign is unlikely to break any new ground.
I’ve also transcribed the the Akmal Saleh video that’s part of the “It’s Time to Tell Mum” campaign.