“Frankly if you are a woman on the internet you might as well have a sign on your back that says, “Troll me”. If you have ...
“[A]fter some verbal sparring, he finally showed his true colours by issuing a rape threat. I’ve never gotten one of those...
“I was only able to make a connection once all of them started to send me similar threats and messages. They started sendi...
“My own mentions tab on Twitter is generally flooded with unoriginal misogynist,    heteronormative responses, ranging all...
“Comments about me. About my kids. Accusations aboutme. Homophobic comments. Abelist Comments. And, of           course, r...
“When text threats are not enough harassers will resort to pornographic drawings as weapons to make sure their threats of ...
On July 5th 2012 an interactive domestic abuse style “game” entitled “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian” wasuploaded to the NewGrou...
Photo by nicolas - ‫,نيكولس‬                                                                                              ...
So for anyone who thinks that ignoring a troll makes themgo away? It doesn’t. And anyone who thinks this is a matter  of u...
“This is about the internet. And no, I’m not leaving the internet to let anyone win.[...] Sometimes I would get sad when I...
“The problem is very real. Misogyny is very real. Violence  against women, cyber violence against women, cyberharassment, ...
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Misogyny online | Freedom of expression & violence

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"Trolling” has become an increasingly reported method of attacking writers and users online who clearly identify as female, or who speak from feminist points of views. They range from unrelenting comments that belittle the opinions of the writer, to name calling, to specific threats of violence – often sexualised and almost always gendered. In cases of trolling and harassment that women and girls face on the internet, they also work towards shutting out and silencing feminist discourse and the voices of women and girls. http://www.takebackthetech.net https://www.takebackthetech.net/take-action/2012/12/9

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  1. 1. “Frankly if you are a woman on the internet you might as well have a sign on your back that says, “Troll me”. If you have an opinion or focus on a commenting in a male dominated field, you probably double your chances.” - Sue, DC Women Kick Ass http://dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com/post/30910472373/troll
  2. 2. “[A]fter some verbal sparring, he finally showed his true colours by issuing a rape threat. I’ve never gotten one of those, and I was a bit shaken, yes, despite knowing it was nothing to worry about. But it didn’t stop there.The next night, the guy sent in one of his trolls to harass me. I woke up to my phone constantly beeping with notifications as the trollproceeded to write obscene comments all over my Facebook, on my cover photos, public posts, profile picture, whatever he could find.” - Ghausia Rashid Salam, My first (won’t be my last) cyber-rape threat https://www.takebackthetech.net/write/my-first-wont-be-my-last-cyber-rape-threatPhoto by A.Currell, Flickr, Some rights reserved
  3. 3. “I was only able to make a connection once all of them started to send me similar threats and messages. They started sending me rape threats in mid June 2012, it was the same period that they tried to hack my personal and professional accounts to remove theinformation that I published about them on internet and social media. I reported them during the same time in July 2012 to FIA.” - Ayesha, Ayesha’s story https://www.takebackthetech.net/write/ayeshas-story Photo by victoriapeckham, Flickr, Some rights reserved
  4. 4. “My own mentions tab on Twitter is generally flooded with unoriginal misogynist, heteronormative responses, ranging all the way from claims that Im a feminist because Im ‘too ugly to land a man’ to claims that Im actually a ‘confused lesbian’,all the way to threats of ‘corrective rape’ because I choose to tweet -- just tweet --about issues such as childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexualised violence. Ive received vile, detailed messages from random strangers who decide to tell me my home address and then live out their rape fantasies online by telling me in graphic detail which parts of my body they would like to do things to.” - Urooj Zia, Shes begging to be raped – Twitterverse for Feminists in Pakistan! https://www.takebackthetech.net/write/shes-begging-be-raped-twitterverse-feminists-pakistan
  5. 5. “Comments about me. About my kids. Accusations aboutme. Homophobic comments. Abelist Comments. And, of course, rape. Just charming.” “All told he used, that I can find in my records, 70 + emails and IP addresses on myblog. I know I just deleted many more. And of course there the many, many names off the blog where he’d show up where ever my name was mentioned on the internet to post about me under one his many aliases. If I did an interview? He wasthere. If some site linked to something I wrote? He was there. When Kelly and I did the podcast, he was there. He was more subtle in those places. Mostly. There was still the palatable nutsy rage but without the sexual or abusive language.” - Sue, DC Women Kick Ass http://dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com/post/30910472373/troll Photo by tiegeltuf, Flickr Some rights reserved
  6. 6. “When text threats are not enough harassers will resort to pornographic drawings as weapons to make sure their threats of sexual assault are clear. These are justtwo of the many rape drawings featuring my likeness which have been spammed to my email, posted to my Facebook page and sent through other social media like Twitter and YouTube.” - Anita, Image Based Harassment and Visual Misogyny http://www.feministfrequency.com/2012/07/image-based-harassment-and-visual-misogyny/
  7. 7. On July 5th 2012 an interactive domestic abuse style “game” entitled “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian” wasuploaded to the NewGrounds website by one of the site’s users. It invited players to “punch this bitch in the face” and with each click a photoshopped image of me would become progressively more bloody and battered until the screen turned completely red. - Anita, Image Based Harassment and Visual Misogyny http://www.feministfrequency.com/2012/07/image-based-harassment-and-visual-misogyny/
  8. 8. Photo by nicolas - ‫,نيكولس‬ Flickr, Some rights reserved “I do not understand how these men can so easily, so casually, threaten to rape a woman. How can they possibly think it’s no bigdeal if a woman’s body is violated against her will? Even if they do notunderstand the psychological trauma of rape victims, surely they must be aware of how terrible rape is! The guy initially attacked me for criticizing religion, this religion he’s so quick to defend, does it really say it is okay to rape a woman?” - Ghausia Rashid Salam, My first (won’t be my last) cyber-rape threat https://www.takebackthetech.net/write/my-first-wont-be-my-last-cyber-rape-threat
  9. 9. So for anyone who thinks that ignoring a troll makes themgo away? It doesn’t. And anyone who thinks this is a matter of using the banning button or block or ignore button? It isn’t. And for anyone who thinks that if you don’t talk about it you can keep the troll under control? It doesn’t. - Sue, DC Women Kick Ass http://dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com/post/30910472373/troll
  10. 10. “This is about the internet. And no, I’m not leaving the internet to let anyone win.[...] Sometimes I would get sad when I was batting away dozens of hate-filled thingswhile in my timeline my male comedian friends were just joking along having fun - aswe all should be. And I felt like I was alone on the playground and I wanted them to speak up for me. [..]” “I wanted my male comedian friends to write, in public, about things they have expressed to me in private about how much they feel for the women in their life who are still spoken to this way” - Jen, Let’s drown out the bad voices (revised) http://jenkirkman.tumblr.com/post/36829074561/lets-drown-out-the-bad-voices-revised
  11. 11. “The problem is very real. Misogyny is very real. Violence against women, cyber violence against women, cyberharassment, is very real. Until we acknowledge this, it willcontinue on in this form, and no solution will be found as long as keep denying its existence.” - Ghausia Rashid Salam, My first (won’t be my last) cyber-rape threat https://www.takebackthetech.net/write/my-first-wont-be-my-last-cyber-rape-threat
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