Ok so you’re not exactly shocked and dismayed – especially if you’re a woman. But it’s an unfortunate discovery nonetheless.
The BBC’s Valeria Perasso reported this past Wednesday that the United Nations has issued a “worldwide wake-up call” in response to cyber violence against women just in time for its annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
As the UN defines it, online abuse against women takes numerous forms, from threats to harassment to revenge porn. The UN Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells the BBC: “Online violence has subverted the original positive promise of the Internet’s freedoms and in too many circumstances has made it a chilling space that permits anonymous cruelty and facilitates harmful acts towards women and girls.” Why does it happen, why does it persist? Because it can. Internet trolls rest assured there will likely be zero consequences for their behavior.
Just ask any popular beauty guru and she’ll tell you – this YouTuber life ain’t no crystal stair – especially when you start making your way through the comments which usually range from “Beautiful! Continue slaying us!” to “You should never leave the house without makeup girl. That face is horrific. Ha!”
Is it safe to say we’re in agreement with the UN’s findings? What, if anything can be done to stop internet trolls in their sad little tracks and how do you handle Negative Nancies on the ‘net?