Being flamed, defriended and forced to relurk: Understanding the causes of online anti-social behaviour towards women
What is clear from documents since the dawn of civilisation to now is that men have tried to assert a dominant role over women. The current time we are in, where most online interactions are preserved, provides current researchers with the same opportunity as historians, to examine the role of women in the society we currently live in. This talk will present the findings of a number of investigations into rape threats, misogyny, and blog narratives relating to the defriending of women. It will also look at case studies of where women assert their independence, including data from a longitudinal study into the way women access media.
This abstract was submitted to the conference, “Scold’s to Trolls; Social and Legal Responses to Visible and Audible Women,” which was due to be held on 15 September 2015 at Lancaster University.