Online sexism is so out of control we can no longer ignore it

Social media is where we meet now – our offices, pubs and parks. We must fight to keep these spaces open for debate, and free of the abuse women face there

The comedian Kate Smurthwaite received 2,000 abusive tweets for objecting when a men’s rights activist called her “darling” in a TV debate. Some called her “bitch”, “slut”, “harpy”; some were explicit threats of violence and rape.

After going on Question Time, the historian Mary Beard received hundreds of messages attacking her appearance. And the scientist Emily Grossman received so many hostile, sexist tweets when she talked about sexism in science, she was forced to take a break from social media.

Related: Online abuse against women: ‘free speech’ is no justification

We need new guidelines and capacity for the police and prosecutors to deal with violent threats

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Full Story Via Internet | The Guardian

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