Now it’s Cyber-Misogyny

So now it’s cyber-misogyny.

I saw a post today from one of The Usual Suspects doing mostly a copy-pasta (bet you can figure this one out without clicking on the link) of an article that attempts to refute the recent Daily Beast article by Cathy Young concerning online harassment. I wrote recently about it here.

What’s fascinating is that this article, in Time Magazine Online no less, is that it doesn’t pretend to be a fair assessment from the start. Note my intro? I didn’t make up that term.

News about cyber-misogyny has steadily increased during the past year, since the publication of Amanda Hess’ “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet,” but many people challenge the notion that women’s online harassment is a matter of specific and particular concern.

That’s an excellent way, in my opinion to address/refute another opinion about online harassment. Let’s start out my calling it all “cyber-misogyny”.

The article doesn’t really link any statistics, mainly a couple of books about women being harassed on the Internet. Trying to sell books?

Rape and death threats made by strangers are also common, however.

Common? How common is Common? Well nothing here I guess I’m just supposed to believe what you say without having to cite anything other than a book.

The author then goes on to actually state a few “Justice Department” records, again, no links, that show how disproportionately women are stalked online. Well, here’s an actual Bureau of Justice Statistics report on stalking. Please take the time to peruse as this includes all forms of stalking – including online.

Of course the blog post referencing this unbelievable article was just about “harassing” Cathy Young and Christina Sommers. Epic Fail.

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