KSU Professor Addresses Online Violence And Gender Bias
By SHELBY LIN ERDMAN
The Internet can be an enjoyable place, but it can also be home to lots…
(Jul 30, 2015) — By SHELBY LIN ERDMAN
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Women’s advocates have been paying close attention to a rise in online attacks against
female social media users in recent years – especially high-profile women – and the
kind of verbal assaults the users are exposed to in online forums.
Actress Ashley Judd is a notable example of just how ugly so-called internet trolls
can be and the frightening things they can say.
Judd is a big University of Kentucky basketball fan. She shared her thoughts on social
media on an opposing team earlier this year and was then the target of intense verbal
assaults and even threats of sexual violence.
Another incident last year involving game developer Zoe Quinn and gaming critic Anita
Sarkeesian, dubbed "gamergate," involved violent online incidents that left both women
fearing an attack in the real world.
Critics of this kind of social media onslaught argue women are targeted more often
than men in a kind of online gender bias. But is this accurate?
Kennesaw State University professor Letizia Guglielmo, who teaches courses on gender
studies and English, said during an interview on “A Closer Look” that there’s a cultural
complacency when it comes to threats of violence and actual violence against women.
“We still engage in victim blaming that suggests it’s women and their behavior that’s
Guglielmo talked about her views on online violence toward women with Rose Scott and
Denis O’Hayer on “A Closer Look.”
To hear the entire interview, click on link to article.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.