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Women leaders driven offline and out of work by social media abuse

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Yep. It's a worrying trend.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/31/alarm-over-number-female-mps-stepping-down-after-abuse

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I wonder which media platform will have the guts to admit it: women's REAL enemies are other women. The ones who criticize, insult and bully women leaders are really other women and very few men (Men are too busy competing with other men).

But as usual in misandrist society, only men get blamed.

The media cherry picks the few cases of men who bully while ignoring the hordes of women bullies.

And women leaders are no angels and victims themselves. They often step on others to get to the top. What they claim as "bullying" is in fact, backlash for THEIR bullying.

In this aspect, BOTH male as well as female leaders get their fair share of social media abuse.

But as usual in misandrist society, only women are allowed to play the victim.

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So, it's not a Japan only issue then.

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I stopped using social networks more than five years ago. Best move.

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It’s so unfair that men aren’t vulnerable to the same kind of attacks.

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The ones who criticize, insult and bully women leaders are really other women and very few men

You are obviously able to show a bunch load of studies to back that up, isn't it ?

In this aspect, BOTH male as well as female leaders get their fair share of social media abuse.

Same, you have a bunch of studies to back that women and men leader get the same amount, type, contents, ... regarding abuse, isn't it ?

But as usual in misandrist society, only men get blamed.

Where in the article are men blamed ?

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People now realize what a caustic and unpleasant places social network sites can be. Unfortunately other than heavily policing them, which is unworkable, there are very few solutions. It might be better just to get off them altogether. I have just deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts not because they were nasty, but because they were just utterly pointless. I feel better and I have suddenly gained a lot of free time. Getting out of these worthless places may just be the best answer.

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Studies conducted where? In feminist infested countries like the US & UK? Where even the academia goes all out to skew these "studies" in their favor and the equally feminist infested media regurgitates these "studies"?

Open your eyes and your ears. Don't just depend on "studies" and believe them as gospel truths. If you've been in the working world long enough, you'd see for yourself who the biggest bullies of women are...and it's not the men.

Women drag other women down in a scale that men can never match.

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@Wesley

Open your eyes and your ears. Don't just depend on "studies" and believe them as gospel truths........

Any form of bullying is terrible, no matter who does it.

Having said that, I agree with your comment highlighting this side of the matter. Most of my working life has been with a majority of female co-workers. The men stressed the girls out through being stubborn, not listening, making crude jokes etc, but not usually direct, targeted bullying. The girls stressed each other out by using their mouths to verbally attack directly or via gossip.

Like I said, bullying is terrible no matter who does it, but I do suspect, like you, that the man hating media is highlighting only one side of the picture.

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As a White heterosexual man I can tell you my experiences online have all been respectful and pleasant.

And if you believe that I have some farmland in Antarctica you might be interested in purchasing.

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At this point in time only an idiot or a very young person should be surprised at the MESS social media is, I just try to avoid as much as possible, like another poster said so much of it is utterly meaningless & a waste of time.

If ANYONE puts themselves out there they will get some abuse PEROID!

But as others have correctly pointed out women are often their own worst enemies, as the saying goes & has been around WAY BEFORE the internet, just saying

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Pretty easy to stay off of them. Alternatives are having comments reviewed before posting as in the NYTimes, or have an active or audience moderator to flag offending posts for removal.

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Women drag other women down in a scale that men can never match.

Evidence?

I wonder how many of the downvotes for, say, my initial post are from women?

 In feminist infested countries like the US & UK?

The dictionary describes feminism as the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

It appears that some believe women to be lesser beings.

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"It's disproportionately women who experience the most vile content," Julia Gillard, who was Australia's first female prime minister, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

Yeah tend to agree with that. I remember the sh*te she had to cope with i.e. physical appearance, stay at home/hairdresser bf, childless etc when she was pm. Ruud, abbott, howard, morrison & co was a walk in the park by comparison. Have the impression that attacks are often more personal when women are involved.

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It was just the end of last month but this all definitely brought back the Katie Hill scandal to me. Running back it looks like this website did not even report on it and gee, that sure smacks of some gender privilege. She resigned Congress after doing way, waaaaay more than Al Franken. But this site did report on Franken and more than once I believe. But sadly I cannot comment on the difference in comments between the two since Hill got that free pass.

But yes, Hill did get in front of the cameras and act like she was especially victimized, despite breaking clear rules of Congress in having an affair with an aide. Not that I condemn her. I don't care. In fact I wish she would have stuck it out as so many men have. But that is not what women generally do, is it? And that my friends is why women are treated differently. They have a hand in how they are treated because of how they react. If you want the world to treat you the same as men the first step is to act like they do in response to the world. Hill only went halfway. She acted a victim but still resigned. She should have acted a victim and stayed...like Trump. Franken took blame and quit. See the difference?

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@Toasted Heretic You and Cleo are my two favorite posters here. I want you to know that before commenting on this:

It appears that some believe women to be lesser beings.

Be careful you don't confuse comments on difference for insinuation of being lesser. I see both men and women doing a good job causing their own problems. To a lesser extent I see them causing each other's problems. End result is I see them as basically different but equal...equally stupid, equally selfish and self-righteous, equally knee-jerk and equally short-sighted. But they also have their own strengths and good points. And that said I think men tend to get the right of this. I don't feel women are being abused more nearly as much as I feel they feel it more which just perpetuates the abuse.

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Concerned citizen, “Most of my working life has been with a majority of female co-workers. The men stressed the girls out through being stubborn, not listening, making crude jokes etc, but not usually direct, targeted bullying. The girls stressed each other out by using their mouths to verbally attack directly or via gossip.”

What did the boys do? What did the women do?

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Many women cannot express themselves freely on Twitter without fear of violence, Amnesty International said last year.

Rude and mean comments are a very bad thing but that does not constitute violence. Since when did words become a physical threat? People who believe such things can probably be talked into believing anything. Humanity is devolving.

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Rude and mean comments are a very bad thing but that does not constitute violence.

Exactly. I have had people threaten to find me. I have people threaten to report me to the FBI. I have people state very aggressively that I do not deserve to live. And those are really bad enough, but they are what they are. What I hear from women and women's groups is practically claiming they got a black eye from the comments. They are words on a screen. If you want guarantees that random yahoos can't find you you have to keep you personal information hidden. And if you didn't you have to accept some blame for that and stop over-playing the victim card. But "blaming the victim" accusation coming up in 1, 2, 3.

So many woman are actually asking for special treatment and not fair treatment. Meanwhile, some women are some of the worst offenders online. I cannot say any made any threats to me regarding the real world, but some have stalked me, harassed me and instigated the threats from others. For me, those were the worst because I protect my data and none of those crazies are going to find me. But ruining my reputation, misrepresenting the ideas I worked hard to form, trolling me and ruining my online experience was what really bugged me.

Yet you don't see me forming a gender specific group whining about how we men got it so bad. We ALL got it bad.

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So many woman are actually asking for special treatment and not fair treatment. Meanwhile, some women are some of the worst offenders online. I cannot say any made any threats to me regarding the real world, but some have stalked me, harassed me and instigated the threats from others. For me, those were the worst because I protect my data and none of those crazies are going to find me. But ruining my reputation, misrepresenting the ideas I worked hard to form, trolling me and ruining my online experience was what really bugged me.

100% true. A close friend of mine was smeared online by a woman. Really nasty stuff.

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