Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
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1 in 4 Women Stalked and Sexually Harassed Online

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In case you had any doubt that internet misogyny is an actual problem, Pew Research recently released a poll which shows that 1 in 4 women online have been sexually harassed and stalked.

Comparatively, 13% of men have been sexually harassed and 6% have been stalked, which is altogether less than half of women who experience either. Men are more likely to be called offensive names and purposefully embarrassed but only my a relatively small margin and I think we can agree that stalking and sexual harassment are a lot worse than name calling and "embarrassment."


The poll also notes that 44% of those surveyed feel the online gaming community is more welcoming to men compared to 3% believing it's more welcoming to women (51% believe it's equally welcoming to both). Women also feel less welcome in the comments sections of websites or on online discussion sites, although there is a mild belief that social networking and online dating sites are more welcoming toward women than men.

It's becoming harder and harder to deny that women are disproportionately targeted online for harassment, though I'm sure someone will try to argue otherwise.

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