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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.

Introduction: The warning is you will receive no warning
Introduction: The warning is you will receive no warning

Men have turned on women online. As a result, the place that was supposed to be radically inclusive – a gender-, race-, and class-free zone – is now delivering female users a blunt message: GTFO. It stands for ‘Get The Fuck Out’ and is what increasing numbers of women hear when they turn up online. Sometimes the directive is delivered via these four letters alone. More often, however, the messages are embellished:

You need a good smashing up the arse1

sit on a butchers2 knife so that you may never be able to reproduce3

put a toothpick in your vagina, then thrust ...

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