4.30.2007

great ....

Today's WaPo tells us: Sexual Threats Stifle Female Bloggers. Great, just what we need ... new forms of sexual harrassment.
As women gain visibility in the blogosphere, they are targets of sexual harassment and threats. Men are harassed too, and lack of civility is an abiding problem on the Web. But women, who make up about half the online community, are singled out in more starkly sexually threatening terms -- a trend that was first evident in chat rooms in the early 1990s and is now moving to the blogosphere, experts and bloggers said. ...

The treatment of women online is not just an equivalent of what happens offline, some women say. The Internet allows the content to be seen immediately, often permanently and far more widely than a remark scribbled on a restroom wall.
Female Bloggers (and their enlightened male friends) unite!

1 comment:

Garpu the Fork said...

I had a mild stalking incident last summer--not nearly anything close to what those women experienced--but it was scary enough. A part of me sees how easy it would be to run, but another part of me sees the value in not giving them what they want. Doesn't make it any less scary, though.