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Bomb Threats, Rap Lyrics, and Teen Chatrooms: When Is Online Speech a ‘True Threat’?

On Monday the Supreme Court struggled with when, and if, threatening statements made online should be constitutionally protected.

On Monday, the Supreme Court struggled with when, and if, threatening statements made online should be constitutionally protected. But it may not be possible to find a middle ground.

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How to Talk to Your Guy Friends About Not Threatening to Rape and Murder Women on the Internet

If you really think that you are a good guy, and that you are not the kind of person who would threaten to rape and murder someone for the hell of it, the onus is on you to fix this.

If you really think that you are a good guy, and that you are not the kind of person who would threaten to violently hurt someone for the hell of it, the onus is on you to fix this.

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What ‘GamerGate’ Reveals About the Silencing of Women

GamerGate was apparently a deliberate effort to purge women and people of color from the fledgling world of independent gaming criticism through harassment and accusations of fraudulence.

An outgrowth of the latest abuse hurled at critic Anita Sarkeesian and developer Zoë Quinn, GamerGate was apparently a deliberate effort to purge women and people of color from the fledgling world of independent gaming criticism through harassment and accusations of fraudulence.

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#TwitterFail: Twitter’s Refusal to Handle Online Stalkers, Abusers, and Haters

What began as a fun way to pass the time and form connections with people online has become an exercise in personal fortitude. Why is Twitter ignoring its users cries for help? And why has Twitter left the abuse problem to its users to solve?

What began as a fun way to pass the time and form connections with people online has become an exercise in personal fortitude. Why is Twitter ignoring its users cries for help? And why has Twitter left the problem to its users to solve?

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When Words Become Bullets: Elliot Rodger and the Patriarchal Id

Elliot Rodger

Rodger’s actions have a chilling rationality to them in the terms of our gendered society, which makes objects and possessions of women, and rapacious, status-conscious animals of men. Whatever else Rodger’s crimes are, they are not unintelligible; they merely wrote in blood what too many of us hear, see, and say every day.

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Discrimination, Doxxing, and That ‘Louie’ Episode: A Q&A With the Filmmakers Behind ‘Fattitude’

Fattitude looks at the ubiquity of fat prejudice through media analyses and interviews with well-known activists.

RH Reality Check recently spoke to Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman, who are crowdsourcing funds for Fattitude, their documentary about fat prejudice. The filmmakers discuss the core principles of Fattitude, the harassment they’ve experienced while making the film, and much more.

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What Happens When We Share Our Abortion Stories: Hate, Vitriol, But Also Love

No matter how anyone feels about abortion, no one deserves the abhorrent comments that are flung at women who share their stories.

Because of an article I wrote about my abortion story, people I’ve never met requested that I kill myself, get raped, die in childbirth, and be sterilized. But I also received love and support from friends and allies, and I’d love to see a whole movement emerge telling people who share their abortion stories: #YouAreLoved.

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How Anonymous Does More Harm Than Good for Sexual Assault Victims

Women don’t need to be avenged by "white knights." We need the knowledge and the legal resources to vindicate our rights ourselves.

Women don’t need to be avenged by “white knights.” We need the knowledge and the legal resources to vindicate our rights ourselves.

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‘A Panorama of Toxicity': On Being a Trans Woman Online

A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do.

The realities of trans women’s experience with social media remind us that a discussion about “toxicity” online cannot be contained by the artificial boundaries of “Twitter feminism.” The problem is much larger than Twitter or any number of internal activist flare-ups. It encompasses the entire online world.

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