Three online lady powerhouses, Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency, Women, Action & the Media founder Jacklyn Friedman, and reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman have compiled their infinite wisdom of all things internet into a comprehensive guide to handling one of its more unpleasant aspects: harassment.
Their new project Speak Up & Stay Safe(r) presents a detailed online guide on how to defend against doxxing, hacking and social media harassment. It also has a section on how to properly document online harassment so you can report it if necessary. Sarkeesian in particular was the victim of some very nasty, very public internet harassment back in 2012 when she Kickstarted her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series; surviving that has certainly made her a acknowledged expert on the topic of online harassment.
While it’s wonderful to see Sarkeesian and her colleagues sharing their wealth of internet bullying experience to help protect those who may be dealing with it for the very time, it’s awful that they’ve been subject to enough harassment that they can devote an entire website to it. Though, in the post-Gamergate world, online bullying seems to be very gradually fading out, women, people of color, and the LGBT community continue to be attacked on the internet every day, simply for having a voice and being unafraid to use it. Again, it’s wonderful that we have women like Sarkeesian, Friedman, and Sherman willing to share what they’ve learned, but it’s terrible that they have had to learn it at all and that generations after them may have to continue to do so.
Let’s hope the existence of this resource will perhaps encourage would be internet harassers to think before they act, lest they be made an example of.
Source: The Mary Sue