Threats and hatred against women online

Someone I know posted this about fears for violence against his daughter:

http://thefellingblade.blogspot.com/2014/10/when-will-my-daughter-receive-her-first.html?spref=fb

It turns out to tie, scarily, to this:

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/the-sadness-we-sometimes-face-when-racists-are-how-we-are-judged/

As, that person is apparently the “Weev” mentioned in the first post and connected to threats against women.

How we act online reflects who we are as a person.  Watch those you know and treat boors and angry men appropriately.  Make it clear that their actions will not be tolerated. People WILL judge you by the company you keep.  Sadly, we sometimes get tarred.  We should act to exclude those who might one day threaten our daughters.  How can we be good fathers if we do not?

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3 responses to “Threats and hatred against women online”

  1. Lucius Svartwulf Helsen says :

    This is something that has been getting to me lately.

    Why is it that we treat the threats against women so personally, but view threats against men as nothing?

    Recently I left a group about Seidr because there was much anger that “women were not respected in Heathenism, and we have to punish men to teach them to respect women and not tolerate that behavior,” but any five minute search would show that really no men are respected in Heathenism either. So it’s not a gender thing, but somehow only one gender is responsible and has to be punished, because the other gender feels it isn’t getting respect in a place where no one is respected.

    It’s like that with the net at large. Men receive death threats and rape threats and every other threat out there just like women do. Yet it is only the threats on women that are treated as anything, and everyone assumes it is always men making the threat, regardless of if that’s true as well.

    I want to see some equality here, rather than gender bashing. If everyone is supposed to be equal, then threats should be viewed the same, not given special priority for one and blamed on the other.

    • facingthefireswithin says :

      Hmm, I think rape threats carry a certain emotional connection. I have never received rape threats but I have received online threats of violence. It was initially quite scary, for about 12ish hours. I then did some research on the one threatening and determined the chance of risk was low.

      This ties to a larger issue of how we handle web based threats versus normal ones that I think we will need to address at the federal level in the U.S.

    • facingthefireswithin says :

      I should also note that I and the other person writing this are fathers of daughters and that may give us a different focus.

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