Misogynist: “A person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women”. Today, living in the 21st century allows a world where all individuals are connected online. Due to this, misogynist statements are almost never heard face-to-face, rather anonymously online. Although these statements are made online and the troller is usually not stated, these comments still have the same effects on the person being attacked as if they were receiving these insults in person. Megan Tyler from ABC news states that online Internet “creates a hostile culture in which sexism and woman-hating can be freely expressed, if not praised, and this ultimately works to exclude and silence women”.
Blogger Courtney Stanton spoke to ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ about how trolls attack her online. “Most of the trolls hoped Stanton or her mother or her daughter would be raped and/or killed, while many also called her fat and ugly and ‘too repulsive to be raped’” (Griffin 2011). Stanton goes on to explain her plans of ‘naming-and shaming’ the men who had made these comments to her. However refused to as the thought of it “made her too sad” (Santon 2011).
In the aim to defeat online trolls, as well as emphasise the effect of misogynist statements a hashtag (#mencallmethings) has gone viral on twitter. This hashtag increases awareness of attacks, threats and harassment’s that women receive daily, in the hope to take these men down.
Now is the time where women need to speak up about these issues. Online trolling is a serious offence, which needs to be directed immediately and effectively. The only reason this behaviour is seen online “is because men are empowered with safety of their anonymity and computer screen and are acting out long-held feelings of disgust over women” (Evans, 2011). Women would not tolerate these comments if they were received when dinning or at the gym so what makes it tolerable online. Nothing.
CAN WE FIX IT?
YES WE CAN!
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References: Evans K 2o11, ‘Men call me things: it’s not as romantic as it sounds’, abc, Viewed 15th May 2014
Meagan T 2012, ‘Trolling, misogyny and porn: the perils of being a woman online’, abc, Viewed 15th May 2014
Griffin M 2011, ‘Troll attack campaign goes viral’ , The Sydney Morning Herald, Viewed 15th May 2014