Taking Back the Net
Threat of the Day

About a week before #mencallmethings went viral, Alyssa Rosenburg introduced #threatoftheday in a similar move. It didn’t take off to the same extent its successor did, in part because it was subsumed by the more generalized tag.

Threats and hate speech aren’t as far apart as some people think. One need look no further than the recent example of Kyle Sandilands and his vitriol against a female critic:

What a fat bitter thing you are…. you’re a piece of shit.

And:

Watch your mouth or I’ll hunt you down.

There’s a reason they call it “hate speech.”

More on Death Threats

Though #mencallmethings is a new tag, the discussion around threats and abuse is an old one. This article from the BBC highlights one particular discussion:

Ms Sierra described on her blog how she had been subject to a campaign of threats, including a post that featured a picture of her next to a noose.

Robert Scoble, author of popular technology blog Scobleizer, condemned the campaign against her.

"It’s this culture of attacking women that has especially got to stop. I really don’t care if you attack me. I take those attacks in my stride. But, whenever I post a video of a female technologist there invariably are snide remarks about body parts and other things that simply wouldn’t happen if the interviewee were a man," he said