Women Underpressed Online

Woman frustrated Credits to Mills Apartment

Woman frustrated
Credits to Mills Apartment

Its a macho culture out there.

We live in a world where men are considerably capable of everything and anything wherelse women are sought only during the lighter phases of life. It is a known fact where men are allowed to take upon the more impactful tasks such as labour which requires alot of physical strength. Meanwhile, women are always pressed on the household chores and the need to produce children to the man she marries. In my opinion, though time has progressed and we are looking at the 20th century, yet women’s representation has only gotten worse. It use to be a matter where women that time were specificly taught how a kitchen works, but then thesedays women are ill-treated on an open context and a higher scale.

Narrowing towards social media, we know how it is the interaction between people around the world, where they create, share or exchange information through a network of virtual communities. Here, the polls of women being suppressed online has brought severe misogyny implications on the outer world. From misogyny done on a virtual platform, it becomes parallel to real-world harrasments. A very good example would be the story of Anita Sarkeesian. ( Marcotte, 2012) She was bullied online sexually, with pictures of her being raped on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Google accounts which led her to post examples about the harassment on her blog. By the act, she managed to gain large number of supporters subsequently leading it to be a documentation by the media. Particular attention was dedicated to one main example called Beat Up Anita, an online game created by Ben Spurr. In some cases, these bullies awarded each other ‘Internet Points’ for the abuse applied, where Sarkeesian reluctantly admits they had ‘gamified’ misogyny itself.

The frequency of violence such as crude insults, aggressive threats and unstinting ridicule about women whom regularly contribute to the national debate or news commentary ( Thorpe, 2011) is astonishingly high. Irrelevant attacks on writers and thinkers and it’s charge to dismiss and shame the women’s ideas has been happening since the late 18th century. The involvement of a wide gender gap even in political representation shows the preference of manly based sovereign in the public sphere. As Rebecca West (1913) once said, ” I have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat”.

References:

Marcotte, A. 2012, Online Misogyny: Can’t Ignore It, Can’t Not Ignore It, The XX Factor, accessed on 6/6/2014,

 http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/06/13/online_misogyny_reflects_women_s_realities_though_in_a_cruder_way_than_is_customary_offline_.html

Thorpe, V., Rogers, R. 2011, Women Bloggers call for a stop to ‘hateful’ trolling by misogynist men, The Guardian, accessed on 6/6/2014,

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/nov/05/women-bloggers-hateful-trolling

 

 

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