Alyssa Rosenberg has a great idea — share the threats you get for the crime of Blogging While Female on Twitter, with the hastag #ThreatoftheDay. If you know the name of the person leaving the threatening comment, use it. And duh here is our theme song, via Spencer:
Female bloggers receiving threats isn’t new; what’s interesting is how mundane it’s become. I delete horrific comments from our mod queue nearly every day; if there’s a post that attracts a lot of outside-the-feminist-sphere readership, I might be deleting dozens of comments in a day. It doesn’t really faze me anymore. When I initially read Alyssa’s tweets about being told she should get slapped, my reaction was basically, “huh.” Not because that isn’t a horrible thing, but because it’s become so normal.
Now I’m registering how messed up that reaction is. It’s a necessary defense mechanism — I couldn’t get on the internet and write every day if I wasn’t able to let this stuff roll off my back — but the fact that in order to succeed as a female blogger you need to develop skin like steel is… not ok.
Everyone gets a share of hate on the internet. And “commenters can be total dicks” is not news. But women are attacked in very particular ways. If you’re a man, you get “Fuck you, you asshole.” If you’re a woman you get — trigger warning! — “You dumb cunt, you deserve to be raped.” In my first few years of blogging, I found those comments incredibly disturbing and unnerving; eventually, they became so much a part of my daily routine that they barely even register. Of course, when threats escalate — when I see that members of anti-feminist forums are trying to track down my home address, or when a regular troll starts emailing me constantly about how he’s going to destroy my life and then starts contacting my employer, or when strangers on internet forums claim they know where to find me and their compatriots suggest that I deserve a good raping, or when someone elsewhere on the internet decides to start an “Official Jill Filipovic RAPE thread” — I get slightly more upset. I’ve still gotta leave my house, though, so I kind of just acclimate to it (I’m also extremely protective of my personal information). What else are you going to do?
Here at Feministe we save the funniest comments for our Next Top Troll competition (something that is coming soon!). But we also get a lot of un-funny, straight-up disturbing comments that I delete and try not to think about. I’ve saved a handful of them, though, over the past two or three months. They’re below the fold. They aren’t the worst comments we’ve ever received, and most of them aren’t threats exactly. But they’re ugly, and they’re mostly gendered (although there’s one about Jews in there too) — they aren’t the kinds of “fuck you” comments that your average dude blogger receives, I don’t think (although I could be wrong; I haven’t seen their mod queues). Anyway, this hardly an exhaustive list, since I just straight-up delete most of the really bad stuff so that I never have to look at it again. But here’s a little taste of what we get every day (and this is common sense, but obviously if you don’t want to read threats about violence, including sexual violence, don’t click through):
aww come on rape rulez. Fucking bitches want it you know you do. Oh women are chattel, bitch.
Fuq the dildo, Jill, if you had this dick you would not need a dildo. Hell, I thought all feminists were ugly drag bulldyke bitches, but I would so hit that, Jill. Call me, bitch.
So she was mortified that someone commented on her sex toys, and not at all mortified that she was dumb enough to pack sex toys that several people would see, comment or no!?
Somebody fuckin’ slap this bitch.
There is no such thing as a powerful woman writer.
ditto for all other aspects of life.
because power is a male thing bitchessssss.
…and “That spontaneous slap was the reaction of a real man who a woman had just told she aborted his baby.”
She’s lucky she only got a slap, any liberal bitch that aborted my baby would get their friggen ass kicked
you bitches need to shut the hell up and do what your men say before you piss him off and then he will be forced to smack ya’ll around bit.
So it’s not assault if you don’t complain? SWEET! Here, babycakes, let me give you some roofies and fuck you up the ass, in the ear and up your nose until you weep and bleed, but because the next day you “didn’t know he had” done that (and yes, I’m quoting your own damn text, you can just suck it up and use some Kleenex to deal with the nosebleeds?
Right? Because you didn’t know, so we’re all good, right? Why would you file charges for a spermy nosebleed? Right?
Macho Macho Man
So, my ungodly feminist and lesbian whores:
GOD HATES YOU. And: YOU ARE GOING TO HELL.
More filth peddling. I bet a Jew is behind this blog.
Maybe you can hook up with Jew Hefner, Jew Flynt etc
I’ll also bet this gets censored. Go on prove me right.