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SXSW: Why does the internet hate women?

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This panel makes the case that online harassment against women must be characterized as gender violence with huge impact to human rights and free speech. No one is safe from online harassment, but there is a huge difference between the way men and women are affected by this problem in online discussions. Men usually have their competence and skills questioned, whereas attacks against women are mostly sexually related. They range from critics to her appearance to even rape threats, and they are widespread. The case of Anita Sarkeesian and Caroline Criado-Perez are only two high-profile examples of the millions of aggression suffer online every day. The cost to society is enormous: they undermine the dignity of women, reduce them to sexualized bodies and delegitimize their voices as citizens. The result is detaching them from online discussions and suppressing their opinions or contributions to society (from bold activism actions to simple tasks as creating YouTube videos about fashion).

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SXSW: Why does the internet hate women?

  1. 1. Why does the internet hate women?
  2. 2. Stop whining, bitch. A good ol’ rape will make you shut up
  3. 3. Fuck you! You should be raped!
  4. 4. Almost 8 thousand women participated Chega de Fiu Fiu online survey
  5. 5. 83%do not appreciate catcalls 81%have given up on doing something (like taking public transportation at night) because out of fear of street harassment 91%have changed their minds about an outFIt out of fear of street harassment 85%were groped sometime in their lifetime The results:
  6. 6. Watson’s Law
  7. 7. This isn't rape culture. You'll know rape culture when I'm raping you, bitch I have your address and I will come round to your house and give u anal and you will love it you twat lol Act like a slut, getting treated like a sluy [sic] It’s just one of those things you’ll need to learn to deal with. If you’re easily offended, then maybe the music industry isn’t for you
  8. 8. Doesn’t the internet hate everyone?
  9. 9. 1 in 5 women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
  10. 10. Accounts with feminine usernames received an average of 100 sexually explicit or threatening messages a day. Masculine names received 3.7.
  11. 11. Are trolls crazy people?
  12. 12. 26% of Brazilians think that if women wear revealing clothes and they get raped, they deserved it.
  13. 13. Get your lubricant ready, bitch, because I’ll fuck your ass so hard my balls are going to be sticking out from your mouth.
  14. 14. ~we love the internet~
  15. 15. Violence against women on the internet is not a technological problem, it is a social problem.
  16. 16. 1. internet = public space 2. online harassment affects ofLLIne AND online life 3. the same laws that apply to the offline world should apply on the online world
  17. 17. Violence against woman on the internet is not a private problem, but a public issue.
  18. 18. how DO we fight
  19. 19. social media is where we socialize where we work WHERE WE FIGHT
  20. 20. Be part of the change
  21. 21. THANK YOU! Amanda Luz (amanda.luz@abril.com.br) Juliana de Faria (juliana@thinkolga.com)

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