[lg policy] gendered online abuse example

Dave Sayers dave.sayers at cantab.net
Tue May 3 06:34:19 EDT 2016

Hi all,

A friend of mine who's a stand-up comedian gets a lot of online abuse (depressingly 
common for more or less all high-profile women), and she had a really nasty one on 30 
April. She's managing it all well, but I thought this one could be useful for many of 
you in illustrating gendered online abuse in teaching and/or research. The first 
tweet thread was here:


(The photo is a collage with one of her online promo photos in the bottom right, and 
the rest a load of murder victims. Super creepy to say the least.)

As I say she gets loads of this sort of thing, but this was a particularly grim 
example so she decided to take it to the police. She mentioned it again later the 
same day:


Then she reported back about the toothless police response here:


So those examples together could form useful discussion points or illustrative 
examples. She has other tweets about online abuse occasionally - very restrained 
really given the amount of it she gets - so you may like to follow her for further 
examples. And as always the subsequent replies and spinoff discussions are of similar 
interest. And besides that she's a very uplifting tweeter, so worth following her in 

And if you'd like to see Josie perform (she's really very funny and insightful) her 
tour dates are here: https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/josie-long. She also 
mentions most of her dates on Twitter, though usually at shorter notice.


Dr. Dave Sayers
Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics
Dept Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University
d.sayers at shu.ac.uk

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