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Things We Saw Today: Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca Strikes Back Against Online Harassers

Lauren Duca is one of the better-known writers on the Internet these days, and as such, she’s subject to massive garbage piles of harassment produced by garbage people. And Duca has had enough.

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In a great piece for her weekly column, Thigh High Politics, titled “We Need to Talk About Online Harassment,” Duca relates her own story of receiving relentless harassment and explains why she’s decided to speak up:

The public forum is increasingly being conducted online, and it’s about time we acknowledge that social media is a place where women are systematically silenced.

While harassment seems to be a drive-by pleasurable exercise for the harassers, the real ramifications of their actions are multifold. “Here’s a thought that haunts me,” Duca writes. “What about all of the young women who won’t become writers because of a fraction of what I’ve seen in my inbox this morning? I’m proud of being absurdly resilient, but I shouldn’t have to be.”

No, she shouldn’t, and casual, pervasive, incredibly cruel harassment isn’t something any of us should have to experience simply for existing as vocal citizens of the Internet. Read all the way to the end, where Duca helpfully provides a plan of action—things you can do right now to push back at our toxic culture. (And don’t forget about the t-shirt Duca designed, whose proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.) (via Teen Vogue)

  • Speaking of harassment, Google’s CEO canceled a planned all-hands meeting to discuss that sexist memo after employees’ leaked questions led to them getting threats online, and people did not feel safe voicing their opinions. “In recognition of Googlers’ concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion,” CEO Sundar Pichai wrote to the company. Instead of holding the meeting, he spoke at a girls’ coding competition. (via The Daily Dot)
  • “Hamilton is Known For Its Music, But What Did Alexander Hamilton Listen To?” (via The New York Times)
  • Why did so many big movies bomb this summer at the box office? (via The Guardian)
  • Taylor Swift’s comebacks in court are on fire. (via Vulture)
  • Anyone want a taste of this perfectly preserved 100-year-old fruitcake that was found in Antarctica? Anyone? (via TIME

So what’s cooking, Mary Suevians?

(image: Lauren Duca’s shirt: “100% of profits donated to Planned Parenthood in Tucker Carlson’s name” via The Outrage)

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Kaila Hale-Stern
Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.

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