It is interesting to look back in nearly every aspect of life and see how there is always been a gap, big or small, between different groups within society. It is difficult to ignore that one of these major gaps between groups is shown through that of men and women. Ever since the beginnings of history, we have seen these issues time and time again, from the suppression of women, to when women were finally given the right to vote, many years after that of men. With the growth of social media and the internet, these issues are still so present in everyday life with women often experiencing this inequality through online harassment.
Online forum websites such as 4chan, Reddit, YouTube, or even everyday blogs, abusive users, referred to as online trolls, have the ability to mask their own identity underneath the veil of the internet. Often commonly referred to as key-board warriors these users attack their victims with appalling insults commonly death threats, abusive language or acts of sexual harassment without any sort of remorse as they are not physically abusing their victim face to face. Because of this ignorant nature of the attackers, many high profile women within the blogging or online community are subject to these threats and abuse from these trolls.
How is it that these issues are able to be overcome? With such large corporations being the platforms for this bullying, including Facebook and Google, I personally believe there is a way to better moderate and control what is being said and posted online. Education is also a key area that needs to be focused upon, and being billion dollar companies, these corporations may be able to donate to educational programs teaching ethics and addressing the consequences of these actions
Thorpe, Vanessa (2011) Women bloggers call for a stop to ‘hateful’ trolling by misogynist men, The Guardian, Sunday 6 November.
Dreher, T 2014, ‘#mencallmething: Identity and Difference Online’ powerpoint slides, BCM112, The University of Wollongong, viewed 13 May 2013 .