An Australian video game journalist – subjected to the usual foul abuse online – decided to do something quite simple about it: she told the mothers of the foul-mouthed boys who were abusing her. This is one tweet of her exchange with one of the mothers:
Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I’ve started telling their mothers. pic.twitter.com/0Cbs81eXiE
— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) November 28, 2014
The reason I love this approach is that it immediately calls the bluff of the anonymous jerks; it targets the actual haters, rather than maligning an entire gender; it doesn’t try to shut down other people’s private pleasures; and it carries with it a sense of proportion and common sense. Somehow, in our culture wars all those sensible approaches are routinely ignored in favor of endless flaming.