I’ve been listening over the last six to twelve months about how bad life is for women, especially progressive women when it comes to politics and the nasty online environment that exists.
If you were to believe the media, you would think that the only folks being targeted by mean tweets and abusive comments were women.
I won’t deny that these women face abuse online, but that abuse is not only aimed at progressive women and in fact, not just at women at all.
It’s simply because they’re public figures active in political debate. I’m sure the tweets they get are mean, and I bet plenty were well out of bounds. Watch as I provide the facts that debunk the idea that this is unique to women or progressive political women.
In fact, most of my critics are on the progressive left. Thankfully, there haven’t been death threats in quite a while.
Many, often acting with a degree of anonymity, have become unhinged and will say things online they'd never say to your face, but we all have options.
We can whine about it, we can ignore it or we can block these people.
But please don’t claim this abuse is the exclusive domain of the left wing sisterhood.