Feminism

Every Day, A New Way to Police Women’s Sexuality

[Content Note: Murder, death threats, slut-shaming]

It’s a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl cheats on boy with boy’s best friend, boy slut-shames girl publicly. That’s exactly what Kane Zipperman, a Twitter personality (I guess?) from Georgia, did when he found out his girlfriend cheated on him.  His “hilarious” exchange (which some say was staged) has garnered him an influx of over 65,000 Twitter followers (as of writing), an interview on CNN, and a Buzzfeed article dubbing him “Twitter’s New Folk Hero.” So exactly how hilarious was this exchange? Let’s take a look (click to enlarge):

This is what the 65,000 people who have recently followed Kane find so hilarious:

“Why don’t you stop breathing.”

“Murder your family.”

A photo mocking special needs kids.

In case this actually needs to be said, I don’t condone cheating (obviously). Cheating sucks, and is pretty terrible. However, Zipperman’s response is so far out of line that I have a very hard time feeling at all sorry for him. It makes one wonder if perhaps the reason his girlfriend cheated on him (if she’s even real) is because he kind of seems like a dick. But regardless of whether the ex-girlfriend is real, the public’s reaction to Zippermans shows, once again, what happens to women who dare upset men. When women step outside their sanctioned roles of submissive girlfriend/wife/daughter/sister, they deserve whatever comes next:

Threats to murder her family? Deserved it. Threatening to leak her private photos? Deserved it. Tells her to stop breathing? All deserved, because this likely-fictional woman dared to do the unthinkable and disrespect a man.

Let’s face it: Policing women’s sexuality isn’t a new concept. Kane Zipperman just invented a new way of making it happen.

Courtney Caldwell

Courtney Caldwell is an intersectional feminist. Her talents include sweary rants, and clogging your social media with pictures of her dogs (and occasionally her begrudging cat). She's also a political nerd, whose far-left tendencies are a little out of place in the deep red Texas.

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22 Comments

  1. The best thing about this is that any future girlfriend of his will be able to see how he treats his friends who apologize and try to make up. That’s what grownups do. Even if this is staged, the result for him is the same.

        1. Hmm, no fan of that account. Was called out on some egregious ableism then went ballistic calling the woman who complained “hysterical” and claiming the word was made up … Err Google it!? Anyway it seems to me “moron”watch spends too much time shooting fish in a barrel and has a massively over expanded ego as a result.

      1. There’s an internets fandom for every douche like this. I mean, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a fandom, though I refuse to link to it for obvious reasons.

        It’s hard to feel sorry for someone who starts saying things like “murder your family”.

      2. Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and the Aurora spree shooter all have/had female fan clubs. However, given the universal spread of media, the ability to extract a following from the millions of perverts and idiots shouldn’t be quite so surprising.

  2. I wonder what the reaction would be if the genders were reversed. I think cheating with the best friend is considered the Platonic ideal of reprehensible cheating, for either gender. But with that family murder comment the narrative would likely go in a “look at the crazy bunny-boiling woman scorned” direction.

  3. I’m torn on this; I don’t think he’s a horrible person for tweeting those things, I think he was just saying “Leave me alone” in 20+ different ways, it was immature of him to respond and rude/creepy of her to keep on harassing him. On the other hand I do think less of him for publicly humiliating her, it’s nothing to be proud of. He should have blocked her immediately and if she continued to stalk him he should have went right to the police.

      1. Her responses are an argument for why I don’t think she’s real. She’s writing from a script that is right out of an MRA fantasy fiction.

        If she is real, then they are both well out of the relationship. She’s manipulative and dishonest and he’s a tool. Either way, the relationship was doomed to unhappiness.

      2. If his ex-girlfriend does turn out to be fake then I have to wonder what kind of mindset led to him doing this, what do you say about someone who makes up a straw woman to humiliate all over social media. I don’t know if this is the case, I might find out he’s a horrible, egotistical misogynist but I won’t lose any sleep over the answer, I don’t even know who he is >.<

  4. He looks awfully pleased with himself in the picture up top. His twitter reports that “everyone at Church” called him Mr. Ex-Tweet. So, a good Christian on top of everything else.

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