Following on from my trip to Grub Street, I had an email/phone exchange with the deputy editor of the New Statesman. He agreed to take down comments from below the Baxter article which were offensive to me on a personal level. This is the last email I sent to him:
Thanks for speaking to me Jon. I hope those comments I mentioned will be removed.
But on a more general, or rather more specific point:
The fact is this piece was criticising the ‘sexual morality’ of the Sunday/Sport newspapers. In doing so the journalist, Steven Baxter, managed to lead a group of men on twitter in insulting me (because I critiqued his point), including using my sexuality as part of their insults. This boiled down to saying I deserved to be called names and humiliated on a public forum, because I ‘like it’ like that. And yet Baxter’s point about the Sport being the immoral character in terms of how women and sexual violence against women are represented was supposed to stand up to my initial criticism of it.
I think New Statesman has a question to answer there. I don’t know if you will answer it in direct response to me. But someone should think about it.
Quiet Riot Girl