Some strange things have happened since I started criticizing NO MORE and, later, the Joyful Heart Foundation. When I wrote that there were “no humans on board” NO MORE’s website, they revamped the website. When I quoted from NO MORE founder Jane Randel’s LinkedIn page, she revamped it. When I expressed disappointment that one of my most trusted organizations, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, supported NO MORE, NO MORE added to its website that NCADV had received $30,000 from sales of NO MORE products. When I criticized NO MORE for not mentioning a financial connection with Joyful Heart, it added a line that that “it was decided” that Joyful Heart should be its fiscal sponsor.
I wasn’t the only one criticizing NO MORE. The first to scrutinize the shadowy organization was Diana Moskovitz at Deadspin. Some of NO MORE’s changes were likely attributable to her rather than me. But, they were attributable to the scrutiny that she or I or we both brought to bear on them.
Then I had the audacity to question Joyful Heart in a blog post titled “What Is No More’s Connection with the Joyful Heart Foundation?” That post earned me a scathing personal attack from someone supporting Joyful Heart. The attack was submitted as a comment to the post, but I disallowed it because it was so grammatically and syntactically indecipherable that I wasn’t sure what some of it meant. Even more importantly, it was mostly an ad hominem, that is, personal, attack, on me and on either a rape victim or Moskovitz.
Here are a few lines that demonstrate the ad hominem attacks:
- If indeed you are a judge
- a young woman’s blog who appears to be nothing more than a jaded fangurl seeking publicity
- cloud thinkers
- circular conversations cannot compete with rational thinking
- unless you can do something positive for DV/SA, you may want to question your own motives and use better judgment
I figured the writer, Jackie Paper, whose email address was , was using a cutesy pseudonym and was just an impulsive Joyful Heart supporter who didn’t see the inconsistency of backing a supposed advocate against violence with verbal violence.
There was a little doubt in the back of my mind about that assumption because of this statement:
Joyful Heart is only required to give financial reports, 990’s or self audits, not agreements, and the current are not due yet.
That statement is a reaction to my criticism of both No More and Joyful Heart for ignoring my request for a copy of their fiscal sponsorship agreement, and is the only passage in Jackie Paper’s comment to me that seems to be about the merits of what I said rather than a personal attack on me or someone else. A mere supporter from the public, I suspected, wouldn’t have any idea about the technical legal requirements for disclosure of documents and most likely wouldn’t know what a 990 was or when it was next due to be filed. So, I wondered, was Jackie Paper a pseudonym for someone hired to attack Joyful Heart’s critics?
In any event, I didn’t allow the personal attacks on my website and didn’t hear anything more from or about Jackie Paper. Not for a while anyway, then my friend, Heather Marlowe, a rape victim, criticized Joyful Heart in a YouTube video, and little Jackie Paper came out of the darkness with guns blazing.