Online abuse and gender: comments on The Guardian

23 Apr

(Originally posted to the Community section of MyMedia)

Over at my blog, on posts that are not network-tv safe, I have discussed the prevalence of violence against women who dare express their opinions in public, and particularly online.

At The Guardian, where comment threads are often turned into cesspools, someone finally decided to examine how online abuse falls on the gender divide. Not surprisingly (for anyone who’s been paying attention), the results confirm a prevalence of misogyny fueled by anonymity:

Although the majority of our regular opinion writers are white men, we found that those who experienced the highest levels of abuse and dismissive trolling were not. The 10 regular writers who got the most abuse were eight women (four white and four non-white) and two black men. Two of the women and one of the men were gay. And of the eight women in the “top 10”, one was Muslim and one Jewish.

And the 10 regular writers who got the least abuse? All men.

Please note that, again, significantly more abuse was heaped on women who dared–uppity wimminz!–have opinions on traditionally male-dominated spheres, like sports. Or those who dared speak about feminism, rape, misogyny… You get the idea, I hope.

edited to add: I forgot to mention that the meat of the article is below the graphs, and that you can see a full explanation of the methodology used in the analysis, by following the links provided in the body, and at the end, of the piece.

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2 Responses to “Online abuse and gender: comments on The Guardian”

  1. SuperWendy 23/04/2016 at 11:18 AM #

    The Guardian has been a no-go zone for me ever since the Kathleen Hale “article.” One of the wiser decisions I ever made….

    • azteclady 23/04/2016 at 11:58 AM #

      I don’t read it, usually, but–as usually happens–one link will lead to another, and here you are.

      And, be it the Guardian or not, at least someone with a large enough audience is providing number and methodology showing that yes, women (and people of color, and LGBTQIA pople as well), are disproportionally attacked for daring express opinions in public.

      The most rabid of the assholes will not give a shit, but there’s hope that some of the people who ‘just don’t see that’ may have their eyes opened to reality by the sheer numbers provided.

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