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Sun Jan 25, 2015, 11:59 AM

Internet trolls love feminist writers

Thought this apropos given our critter infestation


What is it like to be a woman on the internet? More specifically, what is it like to be a feminist woman on the internet? From the amount of hateful, sexist, and outright violent messages I and many feminist activists and writers receive on a daily basis, itís not easy.

As a white, straight, middle-class, able-bodied, cisgender woman, I know that because of the myriad privileged identities that I hold, the attacks I receive often pale in comparison to others. And yet, every time I submit a piece or send a tweet, I brace myself for the reality that some of the ensuing responses will be incredibly sexist and demeaning, perhaps even violent. It seems that being a woman who speaks her mind about injustice is unacceptable for many inhabitants of the internet.

There are anti-feminist trolls who follow the work of feminist writers simply to tell us how stupid we are, how silly feminism is, how useless our work is. Think about that. There are people sitting at home in their living rooms who spend entire days trolling feminists online. Itís ironic; these people who claim to hate feminism so much spend their entire day reading feminist work.

But truthfully, that says far more about them that it does about us. By and large, feminist activists donít spend our days obsessing over what Menís Rights Activists or anti-feminists write on the internet because we have our own work, our own issues, our own lives to worry about. We have more pressing matters, like the all-out assault on abortion rights, or the rampant sexual assault in the military, or the violence directed at the trans* community, or the enduring gender wage gap, just to name a few, that demand our attention and energy. There are real world issues that need to be dealt with, and instead, these trolls spend their days attacking feminists online. What an epic waste of time and energy.
http://www.salon.com/2013/06/19/internet_trolls_biggest_target_feminist_writers_partner/

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ismnotwasm Jan 2015 OP
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YoungDemCA Jan 2015 #2
ismnotwasm Jan 2015 #3
Tuesday Afternoon Jan 2015 #4
ismnotwasm Jan 2015 #5
Name removed Jan 2015 #6
ismnotwasm Jan 2015 #7
Tuesday Afternoon Jan 2015 #8
Name removed Jan 2015 #9
ismnotwasm Jan 2015 #10

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 01:35 PM

2. ^Exhibit A

 

"Message auto-removed."

Geez, and on the first response too!

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Response to YoungDemCA (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 01:46 PM

3. Dumbass

Took the the bait-- again. Wack-a-troll

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:29 PM

4. ... lol ...

how often have you wanted to whack a troll ...

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:30 PM

5. Heh!

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Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:37 PM

7. There you are you silly little boy

So. You get trolled here often?

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Response to Name removed (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:38 PM

8. equal? oh my poor child.

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Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:43 PM

10. Wacka wacka wacka

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