Many people will know by now that Mumsnet was hit by a data breach today in which a former intern published screenshots including Mumsnetters’ personal data. The intern, Emma Healey, described the screenshots as proof of the transphobia she felt was rampant among Mumsnetters and Mumsnet staff. As an intern at Mumsnet, Healey had access to users’ full data, including real names, email addresses, dates of birth, IP addresses, location and sometimes even home addresses. During her internship, she stole an unknown amount of this data and has now used it in Twitter posts calling Mumsnetters ‘transphobic scum’ and criticising the site’s policy of allowing open discussion of gender-critical views.
On #ManFriday the 6th, we look back at the week that was.
We have now brought the issue of self-identification to the rails! The Caledonian Sleeper’s transgender policy allows male passengers who identify as women to use female-only compartments, which means that a woman who chooses to share her cabin may end up sharing it with a male passenger, albeit one who identifies as a woman. Rupert Soames, CEO, claims that Caledonian’s travellers “were not deceitful”. Maybe. But which woman wants to take that chance?
#ManFriday the 5th falls on Good Friday, and as we want to stay on this rather nice moral high ground, we will be celebrating our 5th week of #randomactsofmanliness by sharing peace and love with all mankind.
We will be taking to social media (Twitter, Facebook, Mumsnet, Instagram, whatever your platform of choice) to share our admiration for women and girls who have stood for the #ManFriday tagline: Protecting women and girls’ rights, safety, privacy and dignity.
Using the hashtag #ManFriday, share a story, picture or quote about a woman or girl you know, or one you don’t.