I was aware of the controversy going on in regards to the Tournament of Rapists soon after it began. I watched with interest at such a horrible product and I wondered how One Bookshelf would respond. I was pleased to see them respond the way that I did and very, very disappointed to see a response asking us to send a message deploring their infringement of the right to free speech.
Well, straight after using the emails that were supplied by this post to send a message of support to One Bookshelf I have come back to the site to also publicly support the actions of One Bookshelf. Free Speech gives you the right to say what you want but that does not mean that One Bookshelf must support your vile products if they do not feel it is the right image for their store.
We here in Australia do not have free speech. It is not protected by our laws and we have no such Bill of Rights, but I do understand that these laws do not force One Bookshelf to put stock on their virtual shelves that they do not want. I personally find the “call to arms” to express your distaste at the ignorance of the laws that you think allow you to force others to do your will. I do like the comment in the blog I read that suggests that they are not calling on a boycott, and by doing so puts the idea in the heads of the juveniles that thinks a product about Rape and Rape culture is OK.
And if you think that it is then OK to spread this to social media as if you are somehow in the right and not expect a backlash of support from those that are decent and respectful, think again. I have no connection to One Bookshop, and in fact, one day I hope to be selling PDF’s from my own site, but I will stand up for those that are threatened for doing the right thing.