feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire

Just over a week ago, the Washington Post published this article on the kinds of threatening and pervasive backlash that online feminist writers face. Throughout the article, draws on several examples that showcase both the online barrage of sexist, racist, and highly sexualized threats leveled at women who choose to share their personal experiences and understandings as well as times when those threats manifested themselves outside of the internet. This struck a cord with me personally because even in my tiny, not-very-publicized feminist corner of the world I’ve faced several unpleasant smack downs that have left me asking what is perhaps the most telling question of the whole piece: “Are they not going to write a piece like that again because they’re afraid of the online hate?” Now of course, the argument can be made that it’s the internet and everyone faces some level of abuse when they go online. And while that’s true, why should it be acceptable for an article, no matter its contents, to lead to death and rape threats?

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