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Jezebel Staff Calls Out Gawker Media For Continually Ignoring Commenter Harassment

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  • The staff of Jezebel.com posted a memo today calling out their employer, Gawker Media, for ignoring the constant harassment they face from trolls in their comments section. The staff describes how users from “anonymous, untraceable burner accounts” frequently post violent rape GIFs in their comment threads, which have to be manually deleted by staffers. Jezebel calls out Gawker Media, which uses its own proprietary Kinja publishing platform, for refusing to block or even record these IP addresses, as it doesn’t want to impede its access to possible tipsters. Jezebel’s editorial director Joel Johnson took to Twitter shortly after to admit, “I’ve dropped the ball and they’re right to call me out. … I don’t have a solution yet but that’s my problem.” [Jezebel; Twitter.com/JoelJohnson]
  • Over at The Washington Post, columnist Alyssa Rosenberg opines that when it comes to feminist blogging, “it sometimes seems like burnout is part of the business model.” [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Sometimes I Wish I Hadn’t Written So Much About Sex

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A few months ago, Amelia and I were talking about rape threats against women who write online. It seems like it happens to feminist writers Zerlina Maxwell, Amanda Hess and Jessica Valenti every day. Amelia asked if any readers have threatened to rape or otherwise harm me. The honest truth is that it only happened once — on Twitter a few years ago. The man had zero followers and had only tweeted a handful of times, all of which were incendiary remarks or threats against other liberals. I didn’t suspect he posed a serious threat to my safety, so I just blocked him. Do I even have to say I’m grateful that this was the one and only time some stranger threatened me?

That one incident isn’t the complete picture, though. A better question to ask in order to illustrate the at-times unsavory experience of being a feminist writer online would be about the kinds of inquiries I get on social media or in my inbox. Nearly every single day, a man emails asking me personal information about my sexuality, for an invitation to a sex party, or straight-up propositions me for sex. Keep reading »

“Confused Cats Against Feminism” Tumblr Puts An Eyeroll-Worthy Social Media Meme To Bed

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There’s only one way to address an Internet meme where dumb, mostly-white women insist not to “need” a social justice movement from which they have benefited enormously, and that is with cats. These two Tumblrs have more in common than you think: spoiled, pampered, oblivious … [Confused Cats Against Feminism]

PurrVerse: Adult Sex Workers Are Arrested When We “Think Of The Children”

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I woke up one morning last week to my Twitter in an uproar. That’s reasonably common in my world, as many of the people I follow are marginalized and there’s a lot to be angry about. Turns out that the FBI has seized MyRedbook, a California site where masseuses and escorts could advertise for clients for free, and arrested two people, Eric Omuro and Annmarie Lanoce,  in connection to “using the mail and the Internet to facilitate prostitution” as well as money laundering under several aliases.

As of right now it’s not entirely clear if those arrests were the main focus of the sting, or if there will be more upcoming. It’s terrifying to many people close to me, who used MyRedbook to advertise their erotic entertainment services because other options like Eros were too expensive or less trafficked by paying customers. We don’t really know what options sex workers who had profiles up on MyRedbook have to protect themselves from investigation. I’m among them, as I used to advertise on MyRedbook as a professional dominatrix. Keep reading »

Occupy Modern Love

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Dozens of protesters gathered outside The New York Times building on Eighth Avenue last night to protest the no-comment policy of the newspaper’s weekly Modern Love column.

“The Times is suppressing free speech,” said Jax123, who, like many of the protesters, prefers to be called by his screen name. “And since we aren’t allowed to express ourselves in Modern Love, we’re here to make ourselves heard tonight.”

“It’s a monstrous policy,” said Titsrkul from Staten Island, who was holding a placard that read, ‘Stop Internet Abuse. Let Us Comment.’ “If it were another section of the Times that was off-limits, we wouldn’t be so offended. But this is Modern Love. Women are writing about heartbreak and loss, dating and divorce and sometimes even death. This is exactly when our comments are at their most vibrant.” Keep reading »

Lily Allen Confronts Her Internet Trolls

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"Keyboard Warrior That Can't Spell"

I liked Lily Allen’s song “URL Badman” to begin with, but I love it now that there’s commenters up on YouTube screaming “misandry” over the new music video. (Of course plenty of women hate on other women online and I have experienced that firsthand myself. But generally, my experience with trolls — you know, like the time a bunch of them emailed me with answers to my post “18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls” — they have all been dudes.) Anyway, this song is totally on point, Lily!

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