We’ve seen a rise in articles about cyberbullying over the last few years. Lifetime made a move about it, and then there’s the continual onslaught of leftist reporters and feminists who have victimized themselves and virtue signaled to their followers and whatever news outlet would listen to them, because let’s face it, news outlets are looking for ways to separate people. If they can make it look like there is a problem with mainstream America (or America in general) they will. They get off on the idea of yet another woman of some kind becoming a victim of internet harassment by the evil, evil man and how devastating a crime it is. That it can cause PTSD of the same magnitude as going to war. However, these same new sources white nights that rush to the sides of women being ‘harassed’ completely ignore what men go through. Take for example, Milo Yiannopoulos who has been targeted by women, muslims, and liberals of all kinds, repeatedly threatened with things as strong as death, but I’ve yet to see any articles about how #MuslimTwitter has harassed and threatened him. (Note, the article just linked is from the company he works for. Show me articles from media outlets he doesn’t work for.)
But then… What about Leslie Jones, who, just this week was the ‘victim’ of a Twitter trolling by randos on the internet? Oh man, she had outlet after outlet after OUTLET writing about her and her victimhood. Here are just a few example articles:
- #LoveforLeslieJ: Thousands Rally Behind ‘Ghostbusters’ Star Leslie Jones After Twitter Abuse
- Leslie Jones fights back against racism on Twitter
- Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones calls for stronger Twitter guidelines after racist abuse
So why did they jump on Jones, but completely ignore Yiannopoulos? Because the media wants to fan the flames and create a divide. They want to create this idea of inequal online treatment, so they ignore the way men are treated and rush to the side of women, because if you looked at online harassment straight-on, you’d see anyone who thrusts themselves into the eyes of the public receives a variation of the online harassment and the stronger your opinions (or the higher stress your position), the more hate you get.
Leslie Jones wasn’t just a victim. She wasn’t just receiving ‘hate for the sake of racism and sexism.’ Internet trolls feed on emotions and Jones let herself go. When she showed the internet what pissed her off, the trolls got ravenous and devoured her, knowing they could get a reaction. That’s what happens to everyone and she had followers who told her that. Instead of listening when they said ignore the trolls, she started saying, “Fuck you” to friends and enemies while calling upon her fans to become her personal army. That is not an innocent bystander. She, too, was fanning the flames to make herself a larger victim to signal to her friends and the media. Why? Because people like her also get off on victimhood. The attention is all on them, because “I didn’t do anything wrong. Why do they hate me? SOBSOBSOB.” Virtue signaling.
Was she hit by trolls who were saying mean things? Sure. Was she special in her receipt of ‘mean words’? No. Leslie Jones isn’t the first liberal feminist to play the victim card online for attention and she certainly won’t be the last because it always works for (leftist) women. Why do I call it self-victimizing? Because people encouraged her to stop interacting with the trolls and she told them to fuck off. She told fans and allies off. She wanted the attention or she would have logged off of Twitter for the night.
But wait, I can already hear you saying, “but it’s true! Women get much more hate than men online! That’s why they write articles! Because it’s unfair and feelings!” Two things. One: Men actually receive more online harassment than women. Two: If you hold a public opinion and an online presence, you will 100% get some level of hate mail and harassment. The stronger the opinion or the more sensitive the subject, the stronger the response will be from others.That is just the nature of the beast when it comes to anonymous posting where you are nothing more than an image and some text. You’re not even a real person online.
Consider the following:
Anita Sarkeesian complained about death and rape threats and how sexist all of the people responding were. Meanwhile Nigel Firage received death threats and people threatening to rape his family. Paul Joseph Watson receives death threats on probably a daily basis considering the subjects he speaks about. There are many examples of men and women harassed and threatened online and this goes back to what I said before: Anyone with an online presence is 100% going to receive some form of harassment.
Some women complain of logging into online video games and being insulted, sexually harassed, or sometimes cussed at. This isn’t just something women complain about, but it is something that the media jumps on with women in particular, yet it happens to everyone. In just about any online situation with strangers, you will always have at least one person who throws out obscenities and slurs because they have nothing to lose. They don’t know and they probably never will. While you get off on victimhood, they get off on making you angry. The more you respond, the more they will say to upset you. That’s the cycle because it works on idiots.
So the problem isn’t that women are attacked more than men online. It’s just that women get 100% more press for ‘online harassment’ because men don’t complain and the media wants to create this false narrative of an immense divide.
The truth is, the majority of the internet population is not your friend, yet idiots open their web browsers every day, join social media websites, and expect flowers and campfire circles and scream when they run into someone who is ‘mean.’
Yeah, it sucks. Yeah, it’s rude, but it’s part of online culture and you’re never going to get rid of it. You’re not a person online. You’re some words and maybe a display picture. You don’t have a life. Your living situation doesn’t matter. Your past does not matter. The good you do in your community doesn’t matter. Some people just want to get a rise out of others. Other people are just militant and censor people they disagree with. That’s it. You’re not special. You’re not targeted. You’re just on the internet.
Next time you pick up the keyboard or you create a social media page that’s public, don’t do it with the thought, “This is my private safe space.” Because it’s not. If you want somewhere private to put your thoughts that no one can respond to, get a journal. A public, online blog is not private and not free of criticism or people who do not agree with you and if you put your emotions, mental illness, and politically charged opinions out there, you will receive feedback and the more information about yourself you provide, the more fodder you have given them to throw at you. Stating you’re mentally ill on your social media page is an invitation to online attacks.
The funny thing about the internet is that it coerces everyone who uses it to show their true personality. Some people are happy to be rotten when they have the shroud of anonymity. When they’re online, they just become heinous. There are those who just like to mess around–that is, the trolls, who can say mean things, but they’re not quite the same as a downright mean person. In fact, most trolls have a purpose: to bring out underlying personalities in people who are lying. Aside from the heinous and hurtful, you have the person who is genuinely themselves and these people are typically mature, will log off if someone is being ridiculous or will not respond to most trolls. Then you have the self-victimizing fake–and this is who the trolls latch onto. Usually they pretend to be nice and the trolls, whether consciously or unconsciously, take it upon themselves to bug this person, poke at them, and try to get them to explode–and this person will always get angry and explode and will always reveal their true colors. That’s why trolls like them. It’s the challenge, it’s the question of, “When will they pop” and it’s the power one has over someone else. See the Leslie Jones twitter outburst to watch this process take place in real time.
The bottom line is: People are assholes. You can’t legislate assholery out of someone’s personality, especially from within an anonymous community. If you’re easily offended or emotionally unstable, perhaps it’s time to think about how the internet may not be a place for you.