Earlier this month several articles were published (see here, here, and here, among others) about the misogynistic attacks against women online. While misogyny is nothing new, it’s widespread online, due in part to the ease of being able to make vile anonymous comments without any negative social repercussions.
- Don’t Post the Wrong Photo. Any Photo.
- Don’t Have The Wrong Name. Any Name.
- Don’t Be Good at Your Job.
In other words, it doesn’t matter how careful women are online, someone will always take it upon themselves to try to denigrate them.
Women talked about it amongst themselves, or the feminists talked about it amongst themselves, but it’s now breaking out into a place where it has a wider context… We’re really at this moment where we can begin to define the specific, gendered, hateful things that are happening to women online as a specific kind of harassment that requires change through cultural awareness, and perhaps some laws.
Keeping quiet and hoping it will simply go away is not a viable solution.