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Sexist Trolls

by Danielle Magnuson


Tags: Dawn Foster, Eleanor O’Hagan, Natalie Dzerins, bloggers, feminism, incivility, misogyny, media, New Statesman, Danielle Magnuson,

BloggingWhen you start up an opinion blog, you voluntarily expose yourself to the world. If you also happen to be a woman, writes Helen Lewis-Hasteley at New Statesman (Nov. 3, 2011), you “open the front door to a chorus of commenters howling at you about your opinions, your name, your appearance, your sexuality.” To learn a little more about the state of internet misogyny and incivility, she asked several women bloggers to describe the comments they’ve received from online trolls. (For those of you fortunate enough to have escaped contact with a troll, it’s a person who posts intentionally inflammatory personal attacks in an attempt to get a rise out of their target.) Here are some enlightening highlights:

Dawn Foster, blogger at F For Philistine:

Eleanor O’Hagan, freelance blogger:

Natalie Dzerins, Forty Shades of Grey blogger:

Source: New Statesman 

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