Essays on Technology and Culture

It Gets Worse, If You’re a Woman

As women, we’re often told that this Internet harassment is “not real,” that it’s “just the Internet,” that we need to expect it and develop “thicker skin.” Women internalize these ideas, too, or at least accept that we can’t turn back the tides of abuse that we have to deal with…

And yet, as women, we know that, no matter how thick our hides might be, the emotional effects and physical dangers of Internet harassment are all too real.

— Samantha Allen – “For Women On the Internet, It Doesn’t Get Better”

There’s no excuse for any of this. It’s the responsibility of every man on the Internet to shut down harassment and abuse. End of story.