It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of an opinion and a computer will cop a heap of sh*t. Insults, personal attacks and threats of physical violence are par for the course.
This week Clementine Ford shared strategies on how to stand up to the haters online. And British writer Laurie Penny recently spoke out in New Statesmen about cyber abuse after she received the following ‘feedback’ from a male reader: “There’s nothing wrong with [her] a couple of hours of cunt kicking, garrotting and burying in a shallow grave wouldn’t sort out.”
But now Melissa McEwan at the feminist blog Shakesville has tried a new strategy. After witnessing yet more examples of women copping abuse for speaking out against violence and rape, McEwan came up with the twitter hashtag#tellafeministthankyou.