I’m afraid that isn’t an April Fool’s joke. And how sad is it that we need a whole month to try to bring more interest to this problem?
This is especially relevant to me this year, as I watch what’s playing out for a prominent woman in technology, Kathy Sierra. Robert Scoble, another A-list tech blogger, has stopped blogging for one week as a protest (and his wife was also a recipient of threats.)
Clearly, the anonymity of the web allows people to do and say snarky, cruel, and hateful things. But as a woman online, it seems like we get the worst of it–and it always seems to focus around our sexuality, and what will be done to us. The emphasis is on our passivity, since being online and vocal is usually what the @sshats object to.
Today on April Fool’s day, don’t let anyone get away with the “just kidding!” excuse if they do something rude and hateful. Threats of violence aren’t funny.*
*Ok, unless they involve marshmallow peeps…