Howdy! I just read this blog entry that a friend of mine sent me and I think it makes a lot of great points.
After I posted my Gamer Girl Manifesto there was a crazy backlash of comments attacking the women in the video for all kinds of reasons. But the thing I couldn’t understand the most was that people were accusing the women of somehow deserving to be sexually harassed. And these same people went on to further sexually harass them by making all kinds of perverted jokes. WELL in the blog entry I linked to above there is a similar situation described wherein a 15 year old girl posted a picture of herself holding a Carl Sagan book she received for Christmas online…and people responded with threats of anal rape! To a 15 year old girl! Gross.
Anyways…it’s a well written entry, and the comments below are interesting as well. For example, here’s a response that the blogger wrote to a reader’s comment that questioned why feminists “feed the trolls”:
The “don’t feed the trolls” theory of responding to internet misogyny has been discussed at length. It is a bad, bad idea. Ignoring internet misogyny is exactly what feeds it. It perpetuates the idea that this behavior is acceptable. We need to create a culture that makes it clear that this sort of behavior is flatly unacceptable. And speaking out about it is the only way to do that.
What’s more, it is not appropriate for men to tell women when we should and should not speak out about misogyny. There is a long and ugly history behind that. Please don’t do it. Thanks.
Greta Christina is a cool lady in my books. :)