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Perspectives On Misogynist Trolling

If you're a woman who writes about, well, pretty much anything online, there's a good chance you've been told in a comments section how stupid/fat/feminazi/ugly/insecure/overly sensitive/ [insert insult here] you are. Trolling and bullying goes with the territory of being a female or gender variant individual who deigns to have an opinion online. Trolling is so common, in fact, that it's easy to dismiss it as "just part of the job."

But we can all agree that no job should involve persistent—and potentially dangerous—harassment.

As GamerGate has made clear, online abuse can quickly escalate into physical threat, and coordinated campaigns of violence have traumatized and silenced countless women writing the very things we need to hear most.

We asked writers, both female and male, to weigh in on Internet misogyny, its effects on society, and what we can all do about it.

Here's what they had to say.

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Trolls Target Me Both Online And Offline For My Work As A Women's Rights Advocate

I experience online harassment for the work I do offline.
Submitted by Julie S. Lalonde | 04.3.15 9am

On Privilege And Online Bullying

The Lord of the Flies can feel like a vacation spot for conflict-management consultants in comparison to social media.
Submitted by Noah Berlatsky | 04.1.15 2am

Marginalized Communities Suffer The Most At The Hands Of Online Harassment 

We must resist the urge to put our internal debates on hold while we face the menace of an organized hate machine.
Submitted by merritt kopas | 03.31.15 3am
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New Technology, Same Old Misogyny

We need to talk about online misogyny within a wider cultural context of woman-hating.
Submitted by Meagan Tyler | 03.30.15 7am
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Online Isn't The "Real World"—And Other Dangerous Lies

Check out more stories from Ravishly's special series on misogynist trolling here. Have a perspective or experience you'd like to add to the discussion? Email our editors at
Submitted by Chris Kluwe | 03.27.15 2am
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Should We Fight Back Against Misogynist Trolls?

To fight trolls is to feed them. But to ignore them is to let their provocations go unchallenged.
Submitted by Emmett Rensin | 03.26.15 8am

I'm An MRA-Bashing Feminist—But Because I'm Male, Trolls Leave Me Alone

No one has ever threatened violence against me, or said I was too ugly to rape. Why? Male privilege.
Submitted by James S. Fell | 03.23.15 12pm

The Sadistic Psychology Of Internet Trolls

"Both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others."
Submitted by Jennifer Golbeck | 03.20.15 8am

For Trolls, Not Even My Young Child Is Off Limits

This is what it's like to be a feminist on the Internet who also happens to be a mother.
Submitted by Anne Thériault | 03.18.15 7am

A "Fat" Woman Responds To Her Body-Shaming Trolls

Actually, no, I'm not a gluttonous moron.
Submitted by Joni Edelman | 03.11.15 9am

I Set Out To Expose A Hate Movement In Gaming—So They Set Out To Destroy My Life

Picture the most heinous lies anyone could tell about you, but done publicly, in a way that will never disappear.
Submitted by Sarah Nyberg | 03.11.15 9am

The Society For Cutting Up Man-Trolls: A New Manifesto

In 1967, Valerie Solanas published The SCUM Manifesto—SCUM being an acronym for the “Society for Cutting Up Men.” Now we have SCUM-T.
Submitted by Society For Cutting Up Man-Trolls | 03.9.15 1pm

Freedom Of Speech Should Not Protect Hate Speech—Or Violent Threats Online

Freedom of speech always comes at a price—and that price becomes steeper the more marginalized you are.
Submitted by Kitty Stryker | 03.1.15 4am