The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

Excerpt from this article, with a hat tip to Rina Hiranand for the link:

A report, “Misogyny on Twitter,” released by the research and policy organization Demos this June, found more than 6 million instances of the word “slut” or “whore” used in English on Twitter between December 26, 2013, and February 9, 2014… An estimated 20 percent of the misogyny study Tweets appeared, to researchers, to be threatening.

…A second Demos study showed that while male celebrities, female journalists, and male politicians face the highest likelihood of online hostility, women are significantly more likely to be targeted specifically because of their gender, and men are overwhelmingly those doing the harassing. For women of color, or members of the LGBT community, the harassment is amplified.

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