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Male Writers Read the Terrible Internet Comments on Their Female Colleagues’ Articles

Today, for International Women’s Day, Elite Daily put their male writers in a bit of a hot seat and had them read some of the vitriolic comments that were left for some of their female colleagues. It’s a bit like that Tonight Show segment where celebrities read mean tweets and reviews about them and the things they do, except, you know, even more disgusting.

One of the writers in the video touches on an important yet not often talked about aspect of these terrible comment threads: much of the criticism is focused on the writer herself as opposed to the arguments she makes. Often times, her appearance or her “attitude” is brought up and argued about or “discussed,” whereas her male colleagues’ posts or pieces have their subject matter be the focus of attention–not them.

I’m not sure what I was expecting from the writers in this video in terms of a reaction. It’s not like I was expecting them to break down and cry or anything. But the surprised looks and the commentary made me want to say “uh-huh… and this is the nicer stuff.”

Good on you, Elite Daily.

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Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.