There’s a certain kind of moral crusader whose response to any kind of issue seems more like a pathology than an expression of will. Like magnesium in hydrochloric acid, they bubble and foam with inflammable gas.
Although I disagree with a lot of what MTR claims, she definitely gets more than her fair share of abuse. Most of it is gendered. Back in January 2012, two fairly prominent Australian male writers, Justin Shaw and Ben Pobjie, responded to MTR’s anti-porn stance with claims that she just needed to orgasm (with a fire-hose, if necessary) and that she needed to watch porn through a man’s eyes. Dr Wilson went one step further and began to publish personal information about MTR. It was difficult to know why she did this, if not for the purpose of intimidation.
The latest outrage concerns MTR’s appearance on ABC’s Australian Story:
The sudden appearance of Ms Tankard Reist in the middle of what had, up till then, been an engrossing portrait of a loved-filled, creative family life complete with what I suspect were rescued greyhounds, was something akin to the shocking effects felt at the manifestation of a bad fairy at a joyous christening. [Source: Wilson, J. ‘Dark vision: the world of Melinda Tankard Reist‘, No Place for Sheep]