Sportscaster Erin Anderson’s recent settlement in a case involving nonconsensual porn and stalking brought her harassment to national attention. However, in addition to threats like those she faced, women in sports often face a barrage of everyday sexism online.
Online abusers are not abstractions. They are very real people who can unleash very real violence at the slightest provocation. Online and offline, we need education, sensibility, and debate. Most of all, we need to stop denying this is a problem. We have to find a way to deal with all this rage.
The current online harassment campaigns against women, especially prominent and successful women, is a continuation of this tradition of silencing women’s speech and writing through intimidation and harassment.
Social media’s network effect is often used in coordinated ways to try and destroy a target’s ability to work.