The Issue Of Women Online and Safety
There is a post this week, called to my attention by Chris Brogan, that illustrates so many things that are wrong for women who are online. Remember Kathy Sierra? I remember. I remember not liking then that she removed herself from online life in answer to the threats against her. I remember how badly I wanted her to stand and fight back.
Then I look, years later, at posts like this one at IttyBiz blog about being threatened and rethink that position. By asking women to stand and fight online are we putting our tech sisters in danger? I like that IttyBiz is both taking precautions and standing her ground, but the fact that this is ongoing, that bloggers like Queen of Spain and others get threatened for being visible, for having opinions that differ, for being successful, for just being women, galls me.
I am appalled at us as a culture that this is in any way “fine”. That more people won’t discuss this, and that many will poo-poo it.
I’ll have to think more about this issue and write a new post about ways I think we can tackle the problem, but for now – I wanted to help get the word out about the IzzyBiz situation, and I hope you share it also.