Sonoma lawmaker Rachel Hundley fights back against threat to ‘slut-shame’ her

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The anonymous email that Sonoma councilor Rachel Hundley received on August 13 in the midst of the re-election campaign was going to the point: they asked her to leave the race in exchange for not releasing some photos of her in her underwear. that were in a link that came attached in the mail.

“We believe that your behavior is immoral and unethical (…) The little we have investigated in your life is very problematic,” warned the message.

But the authors of this blackmail did not anticipate that Hundley, 35, would respond with a powerful video message that ended up driving her political campaign. She was not intimidated because she herself had shared images in her social networks in which she appears with little clothes.

“I’m not ashamed (…) What was especially disturbing in this era of #MeToo (movement against sexual harassment and abuse of women) was the attempt to embarrass myself by celebrating my body,” ghe said in a video of 4:22 minutes posted on YouTube on August 20 and that has been played over 142,000 times.

“Instead of debating me about important issues facing Sonoma, today my family has been threatened by who my friends are and what I choose to wear”, claimed the mayor in the recording, in which lists of “cowards unnamed” the who are behind “nothing less than extortion”.

“For a long time it has been well seen to control women by telling us what it is good to wear, say and do, strong women have fought against these double standards and hypocrisy for years,” Hundley continued, adding that “for this reason, I only compete for the future of our city, but for every woman and man who have been ashamed for being themselves.”

The website with which they threatened and which has been removed was titled ‘Rachel Hundley Exposed (exposed)’. According to the councilor, the page complained about her position on divisive issues as mayor of Sonoma and contained photos taken from her social networks, including some showing her in underwear and working at the well-known Burning Man art and music festival, which she says is proud of your participation

Those who asked her to “reconsider” her re-election were identified as “Sonoma Citizens for Peace and Cooperation” and categorized her as a “cruel and demented person” and “a cancer” of the locality. The email she received said she was a bad example for the children and the community.

“Its purpose is to embarrass me to silence the voice of another strong woman, to scare me, to take me out of this election and deny you the right to take a choice,” Hundley said in the video, addressing those who will participate in local elections in November.

Hundley told the Washington Post that far from affecting her, her YouTube video had a positive response. Following this, a small army of volunteers joined their campaign by putting up support signs in the gardens and organizing fundraising events.

“Once the video was published on the Internet, I felt I had done what I needed,” she told the same media. “Talking about this fact eliminates all the power it has,” he added.

“The Internet can be a strange and fascinating place, proud to have shared my message and motivated to see so many people wanting to have this conversation,” he wrote in his Twitter account.

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