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Digital Sexual Harassment

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Nick Kowalski

on 23 April 2015

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Transcript of Digital Sexual Harassment

A Study
University of Maryland School of Engineering
Looked at chatrooms
Female usernames received more sexual or violent messages
Hegemonic Masculinity
Structural phenomenon
Interactions across genders
Promotes male dominance
Social Location
Anonymity affects online sexual harassment
Lack of physical contact makes interaction seem less real
Social Expectation
Gender Inequality on the Internet
Women who are harassed will lose a sense of safety
May be discouraged to participate online
Some jobs are online only
Psychological Damage
Online sexual harassment could lead to anxiety and depression
Online Sexual Harassment As A Social Problem
Social Causes
Negative Social Effects
Sexual Harassment Online
Physical violence against women has spread to the internet, where the lines between real and abstract blur, especially when one compares physical and online sexual harassment. Many online comment sections of social media posts, blogs, and online news articles possess verbal sexual harassment that is filled with misogynistic language. Some dismiss internet harassment as invalid and hypothetical, but it exists as both verbal and potential violence.The existent social paradigm in which women have a lower power status than men creates a similar structure on the internet, and the option of anonymity on the internet creates an incubator for digital misogyny. Furthermore, violence against women in the form of online sexual harassment exists as a social problem, and power structures along with digital anonymity compound the issue of internet misogyny.
Social Control
If you see something, say something
Legal Recourse
Only 5% of internet who are harassed report it to the police
New amendment to the Violence Against Women Act addressed online sexual harassment
Proposed Solutions
"Happy to say we live in the same state. Im looking you up, and when I find you, im going to rape you and remove your head."
"i hope someone slits your throat and cums down your gob"
"you are clearly retarded, i hope someone shoots and rapes you"
Trigger Warning: Rape, violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault
Sexually explicit comments
Often violent and Objectifying
Gender issue
men are expected to pursue women
men become subjects
women become objects
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