Why women aren’t welcome on the internet

Okay, it’s an interesting enough article, but why not?  It never answers its question.  Why not?

  • “In 2006, researchers from the University of Maryland set up a bunch of fake online accounts and then dispatched them into chat rooms. Accounts with feminine usernames incurred an average of 100 sexually explicit or threatening messages a day. Masculine names received 3.7.”
  • “The cop anchored his hands on his belt, looked me in the eye, and said, ‘What is Twitter?’
  • “Pew found that from 2000 to 2005, the percentage of Internet users who participate in online chats and discussion groups dropped from 28 percent to 17 percent, “entirely because of women’s fall off in participation.
  • Anonymous online harassment…discourages women from writing and earning a living online on the basis of their gender. It interferes with their professional lives. It raises their vulnerability to offline sexual violence. It brands them as incompetent workers and inferior sexual objects. The harassment causes considerable emotional distress.
  • Every time we call the police, head to court to file a civil protection order, or get sucked into a mental hole by the threats that have been made against us, zeroes drop from our annual incomes. …It’s a monetary penalty for being a woman.

But why?

“Violentacrez,” an anonymous member of the online community Reddit who was infamous for posting creepy photographs of underage women and creating or moderating subcommunities on the site with names like “chokeabitch” and “rapebait.” Violentacrez turned out to be a Texas computer programmer named Michael Brusch, who displayed an exceedingly casual attitude toward his online hobbies. “I do my job, go home, watch TV, and go on the Internet. I just like riling people up in my spare time,”

That’s it?  That’s the whole male rationale?  They don’t attack other men because they’re cowards?

And I am sorry about the harassment, but why do they capitalize “internet”?

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