Misogyny and Internet Anonymity

Misogyny and Internet Anonymity

Misogyny and Internet Anonymity are both prevalent and immediate issues that need to be addressed on the web. Google Chrome is a platform that is accessed by users to navigate the web and conduct activities online. Chrome does not acknowledge whether the user is male or female nor does it police the actions of its users on websites. Chrome is merely a free product to be used however the user wishes with online website policing being conducted by the administrators of the websites that users visit.

Misogynist attacks against woman online have become more frequent over the years and have now come to be regarded as commonplace. This discrimination is being aimed at woman who are seen to be invading public spaces that are predominantly only occupied by men such as law schools. An example (Filipovic 2007) of this would include Jill Filipovic whom suffered continued degrading abuse on an anonymous online message board service called AutoAdmit with reference to her sexual appeal, threats of rape and violence, and along with her personal information – full name, email, photos etc. – being posted for all to see.

Vanessa Thorpe and Richard Rogers (Thorpe et al. 2011) write about psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and writer, Susie Orbach, who discusses her view on the subject, saying that the objectification of women has become a problem as it portrays women as an object of beauty and sexual desire, not as a human being who can think, feel and experience. This argument coupled with the feminist view (Filipovic 2007) that men use sexual assault as a tool of social oppression to keep women from invading masculine spaces, only strengthens the argument that men are afraid of women stepping outside of their forced role as an object and participating in masculine spaces.

Misogynists have gained even more power through the ability to remain anonymous when issuing threats of sexual violence. Karalene Evans (Evans 2014) believes that it is this anonymity that allows men to express their feelings of disgust over women. Women (Evans 2014) wouldn’t put up with this abuse in the street, so why should they have to put up with it online?


Filipovic, J (2007) ‘Blogging While Female: How Internet Misogyny Parallels ‘Real World’ Harassment’ Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, p 295 – 304.

Thorpe, V; Rogers, R 2011, ‘Women bloggers call for a stop to ‘hateful’ trolling by misogynist men’, The Guardian, 6 November, viewed 16 May 2014, <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/nov/05/women-bloggers-hateful-trolling>

Evans, K 2014, Men Call Me Things: It’s Not As Romantic As It Sounds, The Drum, viewed 16 May 2014, <http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/3659712.html>

feelingsofnostalgia 2013, 23.365, Image, Flickr, viewed 16 May 2014, <https://www.flickr.com/photos/63210221@N08/9725439479/in/photolist-3ghxTd-5pdYAm-nrhHME-fPpqk2-2F9mLn-2zhpzi-na5ukr-6nCujt-f8HPp-76a5Lu-pAfsk-nrhwkv-3z5wv-8b7oJu-5oEUJ8-4WjBCr-yBBAX-8412Zv-5GjUau-7dLYEn-4VULtu-na5u9V-na5tR8-na5tTn-nryTjX-nrhJ4b-nryTpB-4y9B9b-bjUEvi-pdU34-CiLBk-fNA85p-kN7JKp-cYp6NY-6UrT1E-kN7Qkx-815tYX-aDC2Yp-aDC34n-aDC2Tr-aDC2MH-mawMy6-dX1UyM-dX7AQf-dX1U2k-dX1TvD-dX7zWf-dX7Apd-dX1Wsv-6PmjnQ/>


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