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Misogyny Online explores the worldwide phenomenon of gendered cyberhate as a significant discourse which has been overlooked and marginalised. The rapid growth of the internet has led to numerous opportunities and benefits; however, the architecture of the cybersphere offers users unprecedented opportunities to engage in hate speech. A leading international researcher in this field, Emma A. Jane weaves together data and theory from multiple disciplines and expresses her findings in a style that is engaging, witty and powerful. Online Misogyny is an important read for students and faculty members alike across the social sciences and humanities.
Chapter 2: Why It Is So
Why It Is So
Warning: This book contains graphic language of a violent sexual nature.
Because they can
This chapter looks at the ‘whys’ of gendered cyberhate. It is the shortest chapter in this book for a reason. By my account, the etiology of gendered cyberhate is relatively simple. Further, as I will go on to show in Chapter 4, making it more complex than necessary risks contributing to the broader exculpation of perpetrators.
So, why are so many men calling so many women ugly, fat, and slutty on the internet?
- Because men continue to hold a disproportionate share of the political, economic, and social power, some using various forms of violence ...