Week 11 Day 1 Discussion Question 1

In the conclusion to “‘Back to the Kitchen, Cunt’: Speaking the Unspeakable about Online Misogyny.” Emma Alice Jane writes:

[T]here is a pressing need for scholars to confront gendered e-bile – in all its unexpurgated ugliness – because: (1) it has become such a dominant tenor of Internet discourse; (2) it has many self-generating properties and is therefore likely to become even more dominant; (3) its cruelty, hostility and misogyny would likely be considered entirely unacceptable if it was present to such an extent in other public domains; (4) it causes suffering and is likely reducing the inclusivity of the cybersphere; (5) it provides critical insight into the degree to which misogynist views are still held by many in the community and (6) for various reasons, thus far it has received insufficient attention in scholarship. (567)

Do you agree with Jane’s conclusion that it is better to confront “gendered e-bile” than to ignore it?  Jane also concludes that “explicit electronic threats of rape (or worse), this phenomenon is diagnostic not so much of a problem a particular man has with a particular woman and her opinions, but of a broader social issue involving issues of gender equity, as well as a tenacious sexism” (566).  She notes that gendered e-bile is fairly formulaic and that it is also becoming more pervasive online.  How do you think this issue can or should be addressed?

2 thoughts on “Week 11 Day 1 Discussion Question 1

  • April 25, 2022 at 2:24 pm
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    Emma Alice Jane’s paper provided some shocking and violent insight to the world of online hate. It became evident to me that the perpetrators of this violence hide behind their anonymity online and operate with a complete lack of accountability. Not only were some of the comments particularly hurtful and violent, but it became clear that the misogyny that takes form online can often be associated with anti-semitism, racism and homophobia. In terms of responding the these situations appropriately and attempting to make a change, I am actually not sure on what the solution would be. On one hand, should the victim of this hate choose to ignore the statements, it gives them less power to a certain degree but they still remain hurtful and toxic with the offenders still at large. On the other hand, engaging with these offenders may prompt further hate and even danger. Although most of my law knowledge is from films, I believe online threats such as death and rape should be held to the same standards as when such crimes are committed in person. While I support the idea of an online space safe from observation and monitoring, perhaps there should be a tool to reduce this anonymity if the user is found guilty of a crime, in which case threats of violence and rape most certainly are.

  • April 25, 2022 at 2:09 am
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    https://youtu.be/jL0aVqVslSE

    Emma Alice Jane’s approach to combat e-bile is the perfect response to men’s unfiltered hatred towards women in an online setting. The anonymity of an online presence emboldens men that can only be rightfully referred to as “incels” and they feel a sense of entitlement to the women who share the same online space. They gatekeep video games, fetishize “gamer girls’ ‘ but also hate girls who pretend to be nerds, despite already assuming all girls are lying about their interests anyway. The video above shows a group of guys preying on a woman who chose to join their lobby in a Rainbow Six Siege game by harassing her for their number, threatening rape/violence upon her, and generally being unpleasant to her. Moreover, one of the characters even tries to be “shoulder to cry on” by saying that the other guys are incredibly mean to her, and that “he didn’t say [mean things] to her, so she should give her his number. The inflated self- image in the online world mirrors a low self-esteem in the real world that renders them unable to talk to women, which probably leads to the hatred exhibited in the video. Jane tackles this issue as any other sort of bullying, where the only solution is to stand up to the bully, because silence is compliance, and compliance allows for the bully to keep picking on the victim.

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