A New York Times investigation found that trolls, who are often female, are frequently being attacked for their online behavior, often with the goal of harassing or hurting their targets.
The article, “The Unseen Trolls,” offers insights into how some of these trolls have been able to thrive online, particularly for those who are perceived to be women.
The story, published today, explores the ways that trolls are able to use the internet to manipulate the perceptions of women.
“In many ways, we are living in a time when we have no other option but to respond to these trolls, as a result of the media’s sensationalism,” the article says.
“And it is a time we are all facing because the trolls have become so ubiquitous, and we have to deal not just with them but also with the people who surround them.”
The article says that women are often targeted by trolls for their appearance, especially when they post about themselves on social media.
Some women have even faced harassment by trolls.
And because of their online visibility, women often experience the brunt of trolling, said Elizabeth L. Johnson, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of “The War on Women: How Online Harassment Is Threatening Democracy.”
The problem is we don’t have a social-justice response strategy that can stop the trolls and stop their attempts to hurt women, she said.
Johnson and her colleagues wrote about how they have found that many of the trolls use a variety of tactics, including threatening, insulting, and shaming women.
But what has also led to some women getting the most attention, according to the article, is their own gender identity.
“A lot of times, women are the target because they are female,” Johnson said.
“They’re seen as a target.
If they are seen as female, then they are targeted.
It’s a very effective way to hurt them.”
A lot of the people I work with, I think, are very surprised when they start to understand that it’s women who are being targeted, and it’s their own perceived masculinity that has been used as a tool, said Tanya Chisholm, a research associate at the Center for Cyber and Society at the New York University School of Law.
When people think of women as victims, they are often confused and can be confused about the impact that the attacks have on women, Chishohm said.
But when they think of these attacks as being directed at men, they think, ‘Oh, it’s just the same as a rape,’ she said, adding that they think that the perpetrators of these online attacks are the same people.
“It’s a lot more nuanced than that,” Chishoilm said, noting that a lot of these people are not necessarily misogynists.
“These are people who are actually looking for an opportunity to harass women.”
Chisholdm said that in some cases, the trolls are women themselves, in a way.
“The trolling that they’re doing is more subtle than it might appear, but that’s what makes it so insidious,” she said of online trolls.
“Women are targeted because they’re female, so we don, I don’t know, think that it is the same thing.”
While many people are aware of the dangers of online harassment, there is a wide range of responses to the issue that many women don’t understand, said Johnson, adding, “You can talk about how women are just being targeted.
You can talk to them about how it’s not okay, but you can’t really understand what the problem is.”
For some women, the response to online harassment is not to simply try to block or ignore the online harassment.
Some choose to use tools such as anonymous messaging platforms or “safe spaces,” or to avoid public spaces altogether, Johnson said, which can lead to feelings of isolation and isolation, loneliness, and anger.
“There are a lot things you can do, and I can’t tell you what to do,” she added.
“But what I can tell you is that women have a lot to learn from men who have been there before, and who are dealing with this problem.”
Johnson added that one way to cope with online harassment can be to be a voice of dissent.
“You have to understand it’s a tool.
It can be a way to defend yourself and your values,” Johnson told The Wall St. Journal.
“If you’re a woman and you’re doing it, then you’ve already lost the argument.”