When Lauren Mayberry from the band Chvrches posted a sampling of the disgusting remarks that filled up her inbox every day, she received responses telling her that it was her fault for putting herself out there, and one guy even said, "You'll know rape culture when I'm raping you, b****."
As a woman in the digital age, it can be a daunting prospect to exist online as more than just a quiet observer. Making your thoughts and ideas accessible to the public leaves you open to something far worse than harsh critique, especially among a broad or volatile audience. The decision to use your real name in lieu of an alias is sometimes a precarious one; in the hands of hostile dissenters, it can be downright dangerous. Even with the abundance of death, rape, and violence threats lobbed at women on a daily basis, we’ve come to accept the comments section on most websites as a festering wound whose sole occupation is to spew vitriol and ignorance at an alarming rate.
It’s time to stop making excuses for the atrocious behavior of society and hold the virtual world to the same standards of accountability.
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