Happy Monday, everyone!
This week’s posts are going to be on the lighter side because I’m getting ready to go to China. Today’s post is about what it’s like to be a woman on the Internet. Wednesday’s post will be about natural hair, and Friday, God willing, I’ll have a review of “Dear White People”. So here we go.
Monica Lewinsky is back. She gave a speech earlier today at the Forbes 30 Under 30 summit where she called herself “Patient Zero” of having her reputation ripped apart on the Internet. She might be right, but the point isn’t that it happened; the rancor against women on the Internet has not only continued, but intensified. It started with Lewinsky, but the ire that rages agains the female victims of Gamergate to the point where the women have to leave their homes from the amount of death threats is inexcusable.
I’m not defending Lewinsky’s decision. But Americans love to pick the bones of a pariah long after the carcass has rotted, and the Internet allows cowards to harass women with little legal recourse.
I admire Lewinsky’s courage to speak out today. But I’m not sure what her strategy is to “end cyberbullying.” How do you defeat bullies in real life, let alone the ones you can’t see? Clearly the laws need to change, and the attitudes that accept attacking women needs to change. But how do you regulate and enforce protection laws on the Internet?