Misogyny Online


Jessica Valenti writes about abusive treatment of women in online fora, noting: “Most disturbing is how accepted this is. When women are harassed on the street, it is considered inappropriate. Online, though, sexual harassment is not only tolerated – it’s often lauded. Blog threads or forums where women are attacked attract hundreds of comments, and their traffic rates rocket.” This seems true. Somewhere at the intersection of the general background hum of sexism in society and the general background home of high-volume, low-quality comment threads, a distressing level of indifference has arisen about the treatment of women.

Via GFR.