Social Media and Female Harassment

Sunday, November 27, 2011

For years women have had to overcome certain hurdles. With the growing integration of social media in the world of journalism, female journalists have a new hurdle to leap over. 

An article on Poynter  discusses the increases harassment women have seen through social media outlets. Sexual comments and sometimes worse are being thrown around. This usually occurs when a woman reports on mainly male field of interest like politics or sports. Apparently men feel the need to rudely assert their dominance. 

This issue doesn't disappear after shutting down the computer. These online posts, sometimes lead to off-line fears. 

So, basically, all women journalists must immediately get off Facebook and Twitter, lock themselves in their room and pray for safety. No. 

There are some precautionary measure that can be taken, as mentioned in the article on Poynter. 

One women keeps personal information that she puts online to a minimum. Also, she waits until  she leaves a location to check in on Foursquare, never tweets about the hotels she stays in. It is also very common to have a professional Facebook page. 

Women must take control of the situation, and let all viewers know they need and want to be taken seriously. Clearly people are going to do what they want and that may be to harass women, but hopefully this doesn't scare the world of female journalists offline. 

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Kate November 27, 2011 at 4:38 PM  

I was amazed when I read some of the threats women have received in the article you linked to. Why are women still considered fragile? Maybe because so many of them have been chased out of the spotlight, rightly afraid. This needs to become a much bigger issue then it has been in the past so that something will get done.

tyler.crandell November 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

From my point of view women need to overcome this barrier by not being quiet and not being scared when they are threatened, easier said than done I'm sure. But if a woman with an opinion is scared out of sharing it then they will continue to not be taken seriously. And as for the online anti-female people online, they are just cowards behind a screen who aren't going to do anything they say they are, which makes it even more disappointing when women are discouraged by them.

Dylan November 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

This correlates with my vlog this week. Michelle Bachman was made fun of by the house band and the media completely ignored it and she was forced to put up with the humiliation. I'm not a feminist by any means, but I do feel that women need to speak up and take a stand while not expecting someone to do it for them.

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