By Sophie Kleeman March 17, 2015
Amanda Hess summed up the dynamic for women on the Internet for Pacific Standard in January:
“On the Internet, women are overpowered and devalued. We don’t always think about our online lives in those terms—after all, our days are filled with work to do, friends to keep up with, Netflix to watch. But when anonymous harassers come along—saying they would like to rape us, or cut off our heads, or scrutinize our bodies in public, or shame us for our sexual habits—they serve to remind us in ways both big and small that we can’t be at ease online.
Today, a legion of anonymous harassers are free to play their ‘games’ and ‘pranks’ under pseudonymous screen names, but for the women they target, the attacks only compound the real fear, discomfort, and stress we experience in our daily lives.”