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tigtog (aka Viv) is the founder of this blog. She lives in Sydney, Australia: husband, 2 kids, cat, house, garden, just enough wine-racks and (sigh) far too few bookshelves.

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4 responses to “Laurie Penny on online misogyny”

  1. Megpie71

    Trolls are free to speak. There is NOTHING which says I have to listen to them, though. I’m allowed to block them, I’m allowed to delete their comments from my blog, I’m allowed to killfile them on usenet, I’m allowed to mark their emails as junk, I can lock them out of my house, and hells, I’m allowed to stick my earbuds into my ears and turn up the volume on the MP3 player when they’re yelling at me on the street. None of that stops them from having spoken. But I don’t have to listen to them.

    Feel free to speak. But your right to speak does not oblige me to listen.

  2. SunlessNick

    Or oblige you not to answer with scorn and contempt should you deem it called for.

  3. tigtog

    I’ve only just caught up with Bora Zivkovic’s long, thoughtful and well-researched post about the current state of online commenting. Bora rebuts the contention that contrarians have any sort of “right” to disrupt discussions on anybody’s blog, and points to new evidence showing that allowing trolls to polarise discussions drives away substantive commentary from other commentors and loses the opportunity for readers and bloggers to learn from each other:

    There are seven billion people on the planet, many of them potentially useful commenters on your site. Don’t scare them away by keeping a dozen trolls around – you can live without those, they are replaceable.

    He’s pretty much said everything I wanted to say in the post I’ve been working on for Feminism 101 about comment moderation, with added crunchy science facts.

  4. Debby

    You know, for a while, I had a pretty hateful commenter. It wasn’t that he disliked what I was saying. He disliked me. A great deal apparently. His comments ridiculed me and ridiculed anyone who read and commented on my blog, calling them ‘sheeple’ and saying that if people knew me in real life, they wouldn’t like me either.

    I figure this: If I met a person on the street who verbally attacked me, I would walk away. I wouldn’t listen to it. If I wouldn’t listen to it, I don’t have to publish it. So I don’t.

    I told my brother to get his own blog.

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