Elizabeth Lopatto writing for The Verge:
Maybe I sound exasperated. I am. I cannot believe it is 2014, and threats against women are still treated as fundamentally unserious. Here’s why: One in five U.S. women has been raped in her lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in six has been stalked. One in four women has experienced violence from a domestic partner. When women are murdered, two times out of five, the culprit is an intimate partner, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Domestic violence is a leading cause of death for pregnant women, the CDC warns. So it’s in our best interest to take threats seriously, even when they’re coming from internet strangers, because we know women to be at extremely high risk for violence at the hands of men.
Threats make the internet unsafe for me, and for Emma Watson, and for a lot of other women, too. Ask Anita Sarkeesian. Ask Kathy Sierra. Ask Catherine Mayer, Lindy West, or Alyssa Royce. This isn’t even an exhaustive list, it’s just the first women that came to mind, because the sick thing is that this never stops. And honestly, if we – all of us – don’t make it stop, it never will.
The treatment of women on the internet will remain a topic on OSNews until the problem is resolved, or the day I die – whichever comes first. I know from previous stories that many OSNews commenters would rather not face the harsh reality of the systematic mistreatment of women online – I have been disgusted with some of the comments posted – but those people can hit that little ‘close tab’ button and leave, because I don’t want them here.