- An internet troll apologized for calling Professor Mary Beard, a classicist at Cambridge University in the UK, a “filthy old slut” and other nasty comments — but only after a threat arose to tattletale to his mother. Olivier Rawlings, a 20-year-old college student, used his own Twitter account for the online harassment; the abuse was seen by someone who threatened to tell his mom exactly what her precious son was saying to women online. A random Twitter user replied to Beard, “Mary, if you would like to send a copy of @Rawlings153′s tweet to his mother, Joanne, I’d be happy to give you the postal address.” That quickly got Rawlings to apologize! Of course, now there’s an article in the Telegraph about the boy’s misogynist trolling behavior, so Mama Joanne is probably going to see it anyway. [Telegraph UK]
- The FBI rescued over 100 teenagers, the youngest being 13, in a weekend child sex-trafficking sting. A total of 159 pimps were arrested in connection with the bust. [NBC News]
- Anti-abortion activists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are trying to get a 20-week abortion ban on the citywide ballot in the fall. [RH Reality Check]
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“My wife’s routine starts first thing in the morning when she wakes up, scrolling online looking for trolls,” say the husband of Michelle Kerrins, featured on the latest episode of “My Crazy Obsession.”
You might think that he’s referring to internet trolls, which are easily found online. Oh no. He’s talking about troll dolls, the kind most of us had in middle school, but then realized were creepy and promptly threw away. Those things stare into your soul, I swear.
Michelle, a gymnastics instructor in Los Angeles who sometimes tumbles with a troll mask on (it’s truly a sight to behold), has more than 3,000 trolls in her collection, which she makes her poor, teenage daughter photograph so she can catalogue them. She’s also fond of dressing up in a troll bikini, putting a troll mask on and trying to seduce her husband. He’s not into it. Keep reading »
Jen Kirkman is a comedian on “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately.” This post was reprinted with permission from her Tumblr.
I’m on a Twitter strike. I am so sick of the way men on Twitter treat lady comics. And my male friends always DM me or text me or email me or talk to me about how they hate it too but they never speak up.
I am constantly tweeting about gay rights (I’m straight) and racism (I’m white). It takes two seconds and it’s part of who I am. My male comedy friends show support by suggesting that I just let it slide, “these people are idiots/trolls.” But I don’t see it as “trolls” — these are actual men who are showing me that their opinion is that a woman is acting “hysterical” when she reacts to being treated unfairly. Suddenly I am not funny or fun. My male comedy friends sometimes lament that they want to support and that they hate how they see their women friends being treated on line but “but don’t know what to say.” Keep reading »
This is Jezebel blogger Lindy West performing at Back Fence PDX, a storytelling series in Portland, Oregon. As you can see, Lindy is fat, and her seven minute-long story is about how the viciousness of Internet trolls used to make her cry every day. The site I originally saw Lindy’s story posted on promised that viewers would be crying by the end of it. I thought they were just exaggerating at first, but they were right. Keep reading »
All feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian wanted to do was create a new project aimed at examining common tropes in video games through a feminist lens. Sarkeesian, who blogs at FeministFrequency.com, was hoping that the new web series “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” would offer a new, in-depth view on gender representation in video games and throughout gaming culture. She needed $6,000 to fund the venture, so she launched a Kickstarter campaign (the video for the project is after the jump), and pledged to make the web series available free online upon completion.
No big deal, right? It should have been a simple project to get support for and fund. But then her project caught the attention of anti-feminist, anti-woman trolls. Keep reading »
Frisky commenters are seriously freaking awesome. But I’ve blogged at a bunch of different sites and have heard some not so nice things — that I’m stupid, immature—even sexist. At least no one has called me “ugly” yet, but there’s still plenty of time!
With that in mind, the blog The Curvature linked to a list of “troll” bingo cards. Each fake bingo card has a list of typical of unkind/inaccurate remarks that trolls make. She’s got one for “anti-choice” comments, one for homophobic comments, fat hate comments, and a bunch of others.
My favorite card for “troll bingo” is one of the ones for anti-feminist comments—because seriously, how many times have you been asked “Is it that time of the month?” or “Can’t you take a joke?” when you make a feminist statement? Click through to see the “troll bingo” board and play! Keep reading »