On Gender, Ed-tech, and Refusal to be silent

I particularly liked the angle Audrey Watters (the author) used to explain the issue. Other articles we’ve read have focused on the political, technological, or social sides of online harassment (like Tuesday’s article on Zoe Quinn), Watters explains it from a personal, first-person point-of-view which makes it more sincere. She speaks for experiences (since she has been harassed and threatened online) and with knowledge. She has a degree in women’s studies. Women should have more influence and inclusion in the internet and technology. Not just to match the percentages of men, but to add their input and knowledge since they are 50% of the global population. Even as a guy, I don’t understand why women get harassed so much online. Sure most places in the world are patriarchies, but in this age of increased technology use and spread of ideas and information, an entire gender can be suppressed by controlling the internet. I’ve always imagined the typical internet-master to be a skinny, young, pale dude who thinks they’re a genius (an inflated opinion of themselves, for sure) The solution is made clear in this article though. Women must voice their concerns and fight through the insults, sneers, and nasty comments from others. They should by strong and open about harassment, especially now when there is a growing sense of awareness of sexual assault due to all these celebrity sexual assault allegations. Audrey Watters, Zoe Quinn, and other women who stand up to online harassers will help women everywhere.

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