Trolling – It’s not always what you think

Those of us who are active online have to deal with “trolls” all the time, especially if we have any opinions that would be classified as “feminist”. I found this blog post to be thought-provoking. It’s about the difference between non-threatening trolls and threatening trolls and attempts to explore how women who are threatened by such trolls for their views are told to deal with it. Personally, I think we need a bigger discussion on this issue, especially after witnessing men getting on social media and calling for a woman to be raped just because she campaigned for Jane Austen to be on currency in England. It is ridiculous that people get worked up enough about who is on money that they think someone should be “raped” over it.


No-one who has accessed any form of online media can have failed to notice the reports of abuse and threats suffered by Stella Creasy and Caroline Criado-Perez in the past week.  This has been labelled ‘trolling’.  I personally think this is a misnomer, and that there should be a clear definitions of the different types of trolling; it is all to easy for the casual commenter to disregard the very serious, usually misogynistic, hate mail and threats online bloggers/tweeters/discussion group members (etc.) suffer.

So here are my personal definitions:

Political Troll

A person who joins groups or discussion which oppose their way of thinking, in order to confront and provoke discussion and occasionally animosity.   They generally seek not only to debate but to incite anger and emotion.

Provoking Troll

Similar to a political troll.  A person who deliberately tries to anger or incite an emotional reaction in people, usually by…

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4 thoughts on “Trolling – It’s not always what you think

  1. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    It certainly is. I honestly think that serial trolls should have their hands cut off.

    • nikkibausch says:

      They are the reason why I don’t partake in fan forums anymore. There are just too many people who aren’t there for love of the music or the philosophy, but just to make others feel bad about themselves or left out.

  2. Jessica says:

    Madeline Schaeffer (the older woman who was kicked out of a pool for wearing a bikini) wrote an interesting status update

    I wish she didn’t apologize or say anything about her sex life though – who cares if she is or isn’t having sex, that is beside the point.

    The point is, that men and women who insult others without provocation online, should be discouraged and that trolling (I think) should be taken more seriously. Trolling can cause real emotional damage, and society has not yet developed to teach people mental defenses and coping mechanisms against it.

    When the Internet was more anonymous (with funny usernames instead of your real name) and everyone was scared of it, ironically I experienced less trolling, despite having a popular Youtube video blog where I wore fur coats and talked about dating.

    • nikkibausch says:

      Well, when I posted on anonymous metal forums with other anonymous people, I feel like the trolling and things people said were even worse than what I get from people who are using their real names and are just dumb enough to say threatening things. Like I had several people to tell me to go kill myself, knowing that I was a 15-year-old girl with anxiety and emotional issues. To this day, I don’t go to music forums because people get on there and say awful things and start drama with people. It isn’t worth it. It takes all the enjoyment away!

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