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:
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.
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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