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Take The Cake: Fatphobia Isn't About Looks

image credit: Virgie Tovar via Instagram

Fatphobia morphs into a conversation about looks because fatphobia targets women. The bigotry is masked through this gendered decoy.

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Washed Up Whales, Hungry Hippos, & Mayo Mermaids: The Power Of Reclaiming Fat Insults

Mayo Mermaid (image credit: Sanne of Full of Freckles)

Internet trolls and their fat insults (no matter how creative) don’t make me cry. There's power in reclaiming fat insults!

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The Group Of Women Who Harass Me More Than Men

Trans-exclusive feminists habitually derail arguments into tirades about freedom of speech if, for example, you remind them that “transgender” is an adjective, not a noun

The fact is that trans-exclusionary feminists and misogynists are, despite some trivial differences, basically on the same side.

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On Trolls, Bullies, And White Murderers: Can We Stop This Madness Already? 

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

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Why I'm Choosing To Fight Fascism With Facts

Not giving in to the stereotype of "hysterical liberal" is a slap back at online trolls looking for a reaction.

Like many progressives, the early days of Trump's presidency have left me angry, exhausted, and fighting with strangers on Facebook.

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I'm Not Ashamed Of My STI — And Now I'm Being Harassed Because Of It. #ShoutYourStatus

People (particularly women) who are unabashed in their sex positivity and who refuse to be ashamed of their bodies are seen as threats to the status quo. Image: Thinkstock.

I’ve been writing about stigmatized topics on the Internet for almost 10 years, so it’s never a surprise to me when I get pushback or face trolling or abuse for my opinions. I am a woman on the Internet, after all. Men love to tell me how stupid I am on a regular basis.

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I'm Not Ashamed Of My STI — And Now I'm Being Harassed Because Of It. #ShoutYourStatus

People (particularly women) who are unabashed in their sex positivity and who refuse to be ashamed of their bodies are seen as threats to the status quo. Image: Thinkstock.

I’ve been writing about stigmatized topics on the Internet for almost 10 years, so it’s never a surprise to me when I get pushback or face trolling or abuse for my opinions. I am a woman on the Internet, after all. Men love to tell me how stupid I am on a regular basis.

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Why Do We Keep Telling Women Not To Feed The Trolls?

OK, but WHAT IS HE HOLDING IN HIS HANDS

I couldn’t help but assume the reason these people were telling me not to say even a word to this troll was because women aren’t supposed to fight back. We’re supposed to rise above — to “not stoop to their level,” as my mom used to say.

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I Was Cyber-Bullied. This Is How It Felt.

I was freaked out beyond belief.

As a journalist and outspoken feminist, I always knew the risks of being online. I’ve read stories of extreme harassment and doxing, such as when a troll pretended to be writer Lindy West's deceased father or when game developer Brianna Wu received death threats and had to flee her home.

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Black Women Still Have Lips — And An Army

Stand with us. Period.

Remember how I told you about the nasty little trolligans (trolls + hooligans = trolligans) that felt the need to show their racist behinds in response to a picture of Aamito Stacie Lagum, a Black model, modeling MAC’s new lipstick? And I slightly hinted at the Instagram clapback on the MAC photo feed. Well, what I didn’t tell you is that there’s an Instagram clapback, and then there’s a BLACK Instagram clapback. The two are worlds apart, and baby I promise you, you have seen nothing until you’ve seen a Black Insta-clapback.

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