Share this:Why it is only now that media is paying serious attention to anti-semitic harassment targeted at journalists? Last week, the Anti Defamation League (ADL) issued a report detailing the rise in anti-Semitic harassment of journalists via Twitter. While this particular report focuses on the past year and how the presidential campaign fueled hatred, the […]
Share this:Last Wednesday, the New York Times published an article in which 74-year old Jessica Leeds described Donald Trump, with whom she was sharing a flight 30 years ago, grabbing her breasts and attempting to put his hand up her skirt. One day later, one of Fox Business’ most popular hosts, Lou Dobbs, retweeted a […]
While anonymously perpetrated online abuse is common, in many cases, the perpetrator is someone the victim knows, and often, the harassment is a tactic of ongoing abuse. Perpetrators often pose serious dangers to victims in “real” life, a fact often minimized by a stranger-danger media narrative.
These are everyday people, engaging in everyday harassment to build social capital. And they don’t limit themselves to one part of the internet or another.
Online violences are diverse but they have in common harm and constraint. They seek to limit the kinds of lives that women and feminists can live on- and offline. They punish those who push against that constraint with threats of financial and identity theft and with promises of physical violence.