16 Jun '11, 6pm

Online Attacks -- Why So Many Feel Big When They Hide Behind A Screen

I've often joked that the internet is the last place that beating up women in public is still considered acceptable. Ask any woman who writes online, be it politics, women's rights, often even parenting and more mundane social issues, and you will hear a nearly universal admittance that she has at some point been attacked for her views by at least one anonymous commenter. Not an "I disagree with you because x, y,z..." response, but a "You stupid bitch, why do you think you can write what you write." I used to be amazed by the vitriol. Then I was saddened. Eventually, though, I saw that as just another part of the territory when you open yourself up as a writer online. I accepted it. We all pretty much accept it. That is the part that should make us all angry -- our now inherent acceptance of the idea that if you write online, you will be harassed, especially if you are a w...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/womens-rights/blog/online-att...

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