Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I had been at Netroots Nation for all of a day and my head was spinning. See, I had signed a DoSomething.org petition in protest of Kickstarter to pull a project that endorsed “seduction techniques” that qualify in most states as sexual assault. I assumed that Kickstarter would see the error of their ways and pull the project. I was wrong. So I stayed up late into the nights trying to get my thoughts on paper…
…and I was upset. Because I know the people at DoSomething and they are wonderful and I know that 99.9999999% of the reason that Kickstarter took the actions they did was because they successfully mobilized tens of thousands of people. So here is my Storify attempt to chronicle their efforts:
Kickstarter Petition Update: WE WONAfter our petition gained over 61,095 signatures, Kickstarter has issued an official apology and statement here: kickstarter.com/blog/we-wer….
It’s titled, “We were wrong.” (Yup!) While they are still funding the dude, they’ve committed to reviewing their terms of service and will immediately prohibit “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. They are also making a $25k contribution to RAINN. (No mention of us, the petition, or deleting your Facebook posts…)
1. We’re proud. Despite the fact that the statement didn’t mention DoSomething.org and the 60,000 young people who signed the petition…clearly, we won. Nice work. Lesson? When young people ROAR, it matters.
2. We are thrilled Kickstarter is reviewing and changing its policies to stop anything like this from
happening again. We think it’s lame that they are still funding the project – but we have reached out to the author himself to help him write something positive. He is meeting with one of our team this weekend for coffee.
3. We love that our friends at RAINN will receive a donation to continue to combat sexual assault.
4. We hope Kickstarter did something nice for that office manager…
We’re happy we won this one…there is a lot more out there to tackle. Send us your ideas for campaigns and petitions: dosomething.org/petitions/i…
You matter. When you roar, people listen and change happens.