Monday, April 30, 2007

Female bloggers becoming targets of sexual threats

This is a worrying trend. More and more female bloggers are receiving sexual threats and harassment once they become popular or gain more visibility online. From Washington Post:
A female freelance writer who blogged about the pornography industry was threatened with rape. A single mother who blogged about "the daily ins and outs of being a mom" was threatened by a cyber-stalker who claimed that she beat her son and that he had her under surveillance. Kathy Sierra, who won a large following by blogging about designing software that makes people happy, became a target of anonymous online attacks that included photos of her with a noose around her neck and a muzzle over her mouth.

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