6th January 2014
Link reblogged from Postcards from Space with 710 notes
"Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day." That’s what women are told.
This article makes an incredibly important point I’d like to see addressed more: that when people tell us to just not use Twitter or other social media, to pull back our online presence, they are essentially telling us to abandon our careers and our social circles. They are telling us that our choice is between an unending barrage of harassment and threats—and dudes, unless you have been on the receiving end of that shit for years on end while your colleagues and total strangers told you to just shrug it off, don’t even try to jump into this argument—and exile from what is becoming the setting for an increasingly large part of modern life.
In 2014, suggesting a woman just “not go online” is like suggesting she not leave her house or talk to strangers. It’s a threat to personhood.
This is long, but really worth reading. It goes through a lot, methodically, and speaks to the larger trends as well as the personal detail.