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This is what online harassment looks like

This is what online harassment looks like
An online game invites players to "beat up Anita Sarkeesian". When I first wrote about the sexist abuse of women online, collating the experiences of nearly a dozen writers, the response was largely positive. Many hadn't been aware there was a problem; they were shocked. Others had assumed that they were the only ones whose every word on the web was greeted with a torrent of abusive, threatening comments. But a few reactions stood out, among them that of Brendan O'Neill, the Telegraph blogs section's resident contrarian. The best response to that argument, incidentally, comes from Ally Fogg, who wrote recently: What you fail to understand is that the use of hate speech, threats and bullying to terrify and intimidate people into silence or away from certain topics is a far bigger threat to free speech than any legal sanction. I couldn't have put it better myself. Since then, Anita Sarkeesian has been subjected to a good deal more harassment. You are so right, sir. Related:  Attaques sexistes sur Internet

Image Based Harassment and Visual Misogyny I’m making it a point to strategically share some of the online harassment I’ve received after launching my Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter. I’ve already posted about the harassment via YouTube and Wikipedia but these were not the only abusive cyber mob tactics employed to try and silence me. After struggling with whether or not to make the extent of the attacks public I’ve decided that it’s ultimately important to shed light on this type of abuse because online harassment and bullying are at epidemic levels across the internet. In addition to the aggressive actions against me that I’ve already shared, the harassers launched DDoS attacks on my site, attempted to hack into my email and other social media accounts and reported my Twitter and YouTube accounts as “terrorism”, “hate speech” or “spam”. In this post I will detail some of the image based online harassment and visual misogyny I have been subjected to over the past few weeks. Related posts: Like this: Like Loading...

Feminist Take on Games Draws Crude Ridicule, Massive Support | Underwire Anita Sarkeesian posted this photo on her Kickstarter page after her campaign to raise funds for videos critiquing misogyny in vidoegames hit 2,000 backers.Photo: Sarkeesian's Kickstarter page Pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian launched a Kickstarter campaign a few days ago in hopes of raising $6,000 to make a series of feminist-critique videos about the roles women play in videogames. She ended up getting a bit more than she bargained for: She raised more than $120,000 while generating wrath among the online hordes, who have been harassing her in the crudest possible terms. In response to the call for funding for her Tropes vs. “I have been running a web series on YouTube for a few years now that both deals with questions of sexism in the media and also has ‘feminist’ in the title, so I’m certainly no stranger to some level of harassment,” Sarkeesian said in an e-mail to Wired. Indeed. She has lesser-known supporters too. To hear her tell it, her mission is pretty straightforward.

Harassment via Wikipedia Vandalism As some of you may know a harassment campaign is being waged against me because of my Tropes vs Women in Video Games project on Kickstarter. This coordinated attack was launched by various online video game forums and has included attempts to get my accounts banned, a torrent of hate on YouTube, plus countless threats of violence, death, sexual assault and rape. As part of that intimidation effort the Wikipedia page about me was vandalized with misogynist language, pornography and racial slurs. I went back and forth about whether or not to share this publicly because I don’t want to inadvertently encourage this kind of behavior or scare other women into staying silent out of fear something similar may happen to them. About a year ago I noticed someone had made a Wikipedia page about me. The image below shows the result of the vandalism that took place over the course of June 5th and 6th, 2012. Click to see larger version – NOTE: I’ve blurred out the pornographic drawing Related posts:

Internet Social Justice Mob Goes Batshit on Activist, Has No Sense of Irony I've seen POC bloggers (many of whom get arbitrarily labeled "social justice bloggers" simply because they talk about the racism they experience on their personal blogs) get all kinds of harassment. People will make it a point to single these bloggers out. create entirely new blogs designed to send them racist messages when the blogger blocks them. They get harassed, threatened, stalked with no support or aid from the tumblr staff or other tumblr users not in their close circle of friends, year-round. Some get pictures of their homes and their friends' and family's homes sent to them with threats of physical and sexual violence attached. There is a radical feminist blogger who has made numerous transphobic comments and when people who are trans* comment and call her out for making often eliminationist statements about trans people, she finds out their personal information and then e-mails it to their employers or family. Laci Green dealt with this shit for less than a week.

Derailing for Dummies In attempting to communicate with you, the Marginalised Person™ may bring up examples of the sorts of daily manifestations of discrimination they face. Many of these examples seem trivial to Privileged People® but clearly reflect the way the Marginalised Person™ has been “othered” by society. “Othering” is a system of social markers that defines “Us” and “them”, neatly and conveniently categorising people into their appropriate places within society. It’s a way of defining a secured and positive position in the world by stigmatising “others”. The Marginalised Person™ you’re dealing with has been subjected to this “othering”. This means that their body is viewed as public property and the personal, intricate details of their lives and being are perceived as free information. For example, people of African descent often express outrage and irritation at the fact many white people believe they can freely touch their hair.

How to Kill a Troll - Anita Sarkeesian is a cultural critic who makes YouTube videos. A lot of people like her work: she tried to raise $6,000 via Kickstarter to fund a new set of videos about women in video games, and raised nearly $160,000 instead. And it’s this fact—that people like Sarkeesian’s work, that they choose to listen to her and even put their money behind her projects—that so enrages some people who play video games. “Click to Hit Her” Since she started her Kickstarter, a lot of men have devoted themselves to telling the world how very much they disapprove of Sarkeesian, through hate mail, doxing, threats and images of rape, and most recently, an app that encourages you to beat Sarkeesian as a image of her face bruise and bleeds. Sarkeesian’s “before” image in the game. It’s nauseating. Why Did This Happen? Beyond that, I think most people find it difficult to hear criticisms of things they love. This essentialization of taste is pretty pervasive. How Do We Get Better? Non-Trolls Must Model Norms

Machisme ordinaire : non, le harcèlement de rue n'est pas de la drague Femme marchant dans une rue de Paris (ANW.FR/FLICKR/CC) La diffusion du document de Sofie Peeters "Femme de la rue" met en évidence une superposition de réalités illustrée par de très intéressantes réactions, notamment en ligne. Cette superposition pourrait se résumer en quatre points : 1. Le harcèlement de rue est une réalité quotidienne pour beaucoup de femmes. 2. 3. 4. #harcelementderue : les mots pour le dire, la négation en prime Deux tweets ont notamment suscité de vives réactions sur Twitter : Capture d'écran Twitter (source ici et là) Ce raisonnement naïf, qui laisse entendre qu'un "cas" est "extrême et isolé" sous prétexte qu'on n'en a pas entendu parler, pourrait être analysé, mais remercions surtout Valérie, auteure du blog Crêpe Georgette, pour la création du hashtag #harcelementderue, qui, bien évidemment, ne doit pas être réduite à une démarche réactionnelle ciblant Mathieu Géniole (chroniqueur au Plus, ndlr). Amener les gens à admettre ce harcèlement n'est donc pas facile : 1.

Make Your Own Sandwich. Toutes celles qui passent le moindrement de temps sur Youtube ou Internet en général ont déjà vu une blague de sandwich. Toutes celles qui commentent sur Internet se sont probablement fait répondre une blague de sandwich. La blague est simple: Une femme exprime une opinion (généralement "féministe", mais pas seulement) et quelqu'un lui répond d'aller dans la cuisine et de faire un sandwich. Je trouvais ça un peu ridicule au départ comme sujet, mais après avoir fait un peu de recherche pour ce post, je suis complètement dépassée par la quantité de trucs horribles que j'ai trouvés. Je n'ai vraiment pas tout mis, je n'ai pas mis le pire non plus. On peut identifier deux types de personnes faisant cette blague. Old Plain Sexism: Cette blague a pour but principal de rappeler aux femmes quelle est leur place dans ce monde: La cuisine. Ce genre de comportement-là est une forme de contrôle social des femmes. Ça, c'est la face extrême de la médaille. "Ce n'est pas sexiste, c'est de l'ironie!"

Sexist Comments from Video Gamers (Trigger Warning) [Note: Trigger warning for sexist, demeaning language and violent imagery.] If you’re a regular reader of Soc Images, chances are pretty good that you also know about Anita Sarkeesian’s project to look at sexism in video games. Sarkeesian, who runs the fantastic Feminist Frequency site, attracted a large amount of hateful online attacks and harassment after starting a Kickstarter campaign to raise a few thousand dollars for a project looking at sexism in video games. If you aren’t aware of the story, check out any of the many media stories about her experience. Sarkeesian’s project looks at stereotypes or sexist imagery in the design of the games themselves. My coworker Darren D. let me know about a website that highlights another element of sexism in the gaming community: the demeaning or threatening sexist comments gamers often send to other players, especially those they believe are women. Others send threats or vivid scenarios of violence:

A little gender experiment confirms that Reddit is full of douchebags « man boobz Now that's what I call a bridegroom. So someone on Reddit did a little experiment that confirmed what we already know: that Reddit is overflowing with misogynist douchebags. Here’s the experimenter explaining her somewhat casual experimental protocol: I noticed after two months as my female username I was constantly having to defend my opinions. She posted this in TwoXChromosomes, a subreddit devoted to women and women’s issues that is regularly overrun with angry MRA dudes and an assortment of FemRAs. earthpeesfire noted: I had a feminine user name years ago. cantstopthe tried to duplicate the experiment on a smaller scale: Just wanted to say that I made an alt yesterday with a female name, and continue to post the kind of things I normally post under this account. misscastaway also tried posting with a clearly female name: I just tried posting on an discussion from this account. fatchick400 reported on the results of a similar experiment: Like this: Like Loading...

Douchebag Decree: Facebook, [Controversial Humor], and "12 year old slut meme's" I can't be the only person out there thankful to have graduated high school before Facebook was really A Thing. Sure, I made some questionable decisions back then, but that's between me and my old photo albums. I am able to move on with a better haircut and better judgment, the way it should be. Making matters worse—way worse—for young people online and for the world in general is a new page on Facebook called "12 year old slut meme's" [sic], dedicated to slut-shaming and general douchebaggery. The site's stated purpose is, "Embarrassing those who embarrass themselves." Not pictured: So many more awful meme/photos. Understandably, some people have taken offense at this offensive content. Are there explicit threats being made on the page? Before you can say "but freedom of speech!" This is so not a "first amendment" (gasp! Dom and James are allowed to say whatever they want, but Facebook doesn't have to host it. The note has been liked 9,504 times so far.

Soraya Chemaly: Why I'm a Feminist With a Big, Fat, Loud EFF Katherine Fenton is a 24-year-old kindergarten teacher you probably didn't know before Tuesday, when you might have seen her pose the Binder Frenzy kickoff question at the town hall presidential debate. She asked in public, the audacity, about the gender wage gap and what Mitt Romney would do about it? It was a reasonable concern in the wake of Romney's elusive position and his endorsement of people who say things like "money is more important for men." You know what she got for her efforts? But, ask many women and men, like Fenton herself, and you're likely to get a "I'm not a feminist!" Too aggressive for you? There is no Feminist Politbureau, to quote a friend, that everyone has to report to. When people say "I'm not a feminist" or "I'm a feminist, but..." they invariably imply that it's undesirable error made by an unhinged fringe. Feminism is a transformative, revolutionary human and civil rights movement and we should be proud of its accomplishments.

Les techniques secrètes pour contrôler les forums et l’opinion publique Attention, c'est du lourd ! Le 12 juillet dernier, le site Cryptome, sorte d'ancêtre à Wikileaks, qui publie des documents que les gouvernements et les sociétés n'aimeraient pas voir sur le net, a mis en ligne le témoignage et les explications techniques d'un ex-agent de Cointelpro. Cointelpro est une organisation US liée au FBI dont la mission était de faire de la désinformation et de foutre le bordel parmi les groupes d'activistes. Officiellement, Cointelpro a disparu en 71, mais l'organisation a juste changé de noms. Maintenant en plus d'infiltrer de manière classique des groupes d'activistes, cette ou ces organisations gouvernementales officient sur Internet pour enterrer les bad buzz et noyer le poisson sur les forums d'activistes. Le 18 juillet, ce témoignage sur Cryptome a été mis en avant sur Slashdot par un contributeur de longue date. Mais peu importe... Techniques pour manipuler les forums sur Internet Technique #1 – " FORUM SLIDING " Technique #2 – " CONSENSUS CRACKING " 1. 1.