One female Overwatch player was recently subjected to 16 straight minutes of the former, and she captured it on video to highlight the issue to other players.
Hopefully the video, embedded above, makes some people think twice about their behaviour online. I won’t repeat what they say, but you can watch the video above if you hate yourself/want to see what it’s like to be a woman in an online videogame.
This is because the internet is filled with white guys. If you’re a woman, you’ll likely be subjected to sexist abuse.
Online harassment and threats are not a new phenomenon, but the degree to which these are directed at women and girls has begun to receive increased attention from news media, academia and law enforcement.
I argue that the harassment conveyed in the hashtag should be recognized as online sexual harassment, and a form of excluding women’s voices from the digital public sphere.” “Addressing Gender-Based Harassment in Social Media: A Call to Action” Simons, Rachel Noelle. Abstract: “Previous research indicates that women face a disproportionate amount of online harassment resulting from their identity as women.
As a relatively new phenomenon, however, gender-based online harassment is not well understood.
Most warn that death threats, for example, are not protected by free speech, but banning users in an environment with anonymity is a challenge.
In particular, the problems inherent on the microblogging platform Twitter, which, unlike Facebook, allows for anonymity, have been playing out publicly.Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy Report No. Abstract: “This interdisciplinary project focused on online speech directed at women and seeks to provide a primer on (i) what legal remedies, if any, are available for victims of sexist, misogynist, or harassing online speech, and (ii) if such legal remedies and procedures exist, whether practical hurdles stand in the way of victims’ abilities to stop harassing or defamatory behavior and to obtain legal relief.