e-PatriarchyDoes the internet promote misogynistic behaviour?
The internet offers anonymity, but it may not be a safe haven for women. A University of Maryland study found that when the gender of an online username looks female, they are 25 times more likely to experience harassment. A few have even described it as a “gang-rape” like mentality when referring to the extreme levels of online misogyny.
Some women have responded by creating women-friendly online enclaves and encouraging others to write or video blog about online harassment. Is it simply the anonymity that allows men to take such liberties or is it an extension of offline sentiment?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Helen Lewis (@helenlewis), deputy editor of the New Statesman, and Alice Marwick (@alicetiara), Assistant Professor at Fordham University. Members of the Stream community also join the discussion via Google+ hangout.
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