Jess Phillips received a barrage of disparaging tweets and messages threatening to rape her after she appeared in a backbench business committee where the Conservative MP Philip Davies called for a House of Commons debate on International Men’s Day.
Opinion piece by Jessica Valenti on online abuse in gaming:
It’s been over a year since Gamergate brought online misogyny to the forefront of the national conversation on women and gaming and, while mainstream circles have moved on to the next controversy and news story, women online and in the gaming industry have continued their work – and continued dealing with a regular influx of abuse and threats.
But when I asked Anita Sarkeesian – the Feminist Frequency executive director whose events have been threatened with a mass shooting and a bomb scare – about the way that Gamergate seems to have faded a bit from public discourse, she noted that “just because the media isn’t talking about it, doesn’t mean online harassment is slowing down”.
Interesting potted history on cyberbullying from Know your Meme, and details of many tragic deaths caused by cyberbullying. If you're feeling down about online bullying, help is out there- please get in touch with an organisation on the Resources page. Together we can stop this!