The bullies are not always others, we are either

Cases of sexist harassment on French-speaking social networks are repeated. Reactions of surprise or support are also unchanged. But the harassers are not always others. Sometimes we too, remembers journalist Lucie Ronfaut in Numerama’s #Rule30 newsletter.

Honestly, I don’t know what else to write about cyberbullying. Each week brings its share of cases that are more violent and more similar to others. In this case, the last few days have been busy in this area:

– Internet users clamored for censorship due to the (voluntary) deactivation of an account targeting Sandrine Rousseau, playing on the confusion between the true words of the MP and the generally vulgar and offensive content. This is a technique called ” FemSpoofing“, which usually consists of pretending to be a feminist person with harsh words in order to laugh at it, or even fool other Internet users. On average, the account posts 400 tweet every month.

– French streamers reveal (a little) the constant harassment they are subjected to on Twitch. One of them, Ava Mind, shared a particularly striking quote in a voice note sent by a stranger, insulting her and suggesting she create pornographic content rather than ” pretend to be a geek for the poor sex“.

– Léna Situations, famous French influencer, who left Twitter in the past due to the harassment she often suffered there, became the victim of another wave of online hate. This time, these attacks were inspired by the upcoming opening of a restaurant bearing the image of his brand, offering vegan food.

Of course, these three situations alone do not sum up the concept of cyberbullying, which is a complex and protean phenomenon. It can affect public people as well as ordinary individuals, and it does not only affect women, although the fact of belonging to a vulnerable category increases the risks and determines the type of attacks ( a man is more often threatened with death than from rape, for example). But they show our impotence in front of online violence, and also our lack of understanding in front of their mechanics, even now.

Valérie Rey-Robert is an author (she mentions an excerpt from a TV show dating from 1987, where the cyclist Jeannie Longo suffered misogynistic criticism from colleagues)

Because it is not just cyberbullying that is repeated. We have our reactions, which are usually the same. we “hallucinating “In the face of this violence (as if they could still surprise us), we sent ” big supporters (this is a good intention, but it sounds a bit hollow in front of such a large and structured event) and above all, we are tempted to point the finger at a category of people. It’s the fault of trolls, incels and others” frustrated virgins“, to bored teenagers, etc. In short, we create a boundary between the harassers and ourselves. I don’t know if this argument is comforting for a victim of cyberbullying. However, what I do know is that this border does not exist.

This article is an excerpt from our weekly newsletter Rule30, published by Numerama. This is the issue of July 13, 2022. To subscribe for free, click here.

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Overcome your own clichés about online violence

I always return to this study of the IPSOS institute, published at the beginning of the year with the association Féministes contre le cyberharassement, which helped me overcome my own clichés about online violence. We have learned, for example, that 31% of the French say that they have been at the source of a situation of cyberviolence (23% if we exclude people who admit to searching their spouse’s phone without their permission). This proportion is higher among those under 35: 69% of young men surveyed admit to having committed online violence, and 61% of young women. More interestingly, we found that among the victims of repeated cyberbullying, 69% were also the source of this type of situation.

Is it because we know more about the violence we have suffered than the violence we have inflicted? Or is it because we’ve become accustomed to hate as part of our online experiences? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, when I see that anonymous question apps are back in fashion, that Instagram wants to turn us all into videographers with algorithms (inspired by TikTok, itself a platform plagued by violence between Internet users), and I think that in my next newsletter, many new cases will be published. Of course, cyberbullying cannot be removed from a political, sexist, racist or economic context. But we also cannot act as if this event has nothing to do with us, and that we are only distant witnesses to it. Bullies are not always other people. Sometimes we are too.

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The press review of the week

Disinfo

Last week, YouTube (owned by Google/Alphabet) announced that it will remove videos that spread information ” misleading or false about abortion. This decision comes in the context of the rollback of abortion rights in the United States. But according to the platform, this is a simple extension of its policy to combat disinformation on the subject of health, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information from Numeroma.

Racism in manga

The Pixels section of the world looked at an interesting topic: black people in manga and the evolution of these representations. Not surprisingly, these two topics are closely related to the history of Japan and its relationship with immigration. But what you don’t know is that this racism is not directly linked to the influence of the West. If you are interested in the topic, you can read the article here.

Say my name, say my name

The partial ban on abortion in the United States has caused an avalanche in more or less good taste. This article is from The Atlantic focuses on a rather strange trend: Internet users who mean that they are ready to hide people who want to have an illegal abortion … abortion“, for fear of censorship in social networks, or more to give themselves a militant image at a lower cost. You can read it (in English) here.

strip

On TikTok and YouTube, many videos have strippers talking about their work without taboos. But by not wanting to go beyond the clichés about their activities, some create others by idealizing their profession, without mentioning the discovery and dangers. This is the subject of this investigation, which will be read in Input Mag (in English).

Something to read / watch / listen to / play

Horimiya

Hori is a popular and hardworking high school student in the class, despite the near absence of his parents forcing him to take care of his younger brother alone. Miyamura is one of his classmates, shy and secretly addicted to piercings and tattoos, which he is forced to hide in high school. Right now, it sounds like an Avril Lavigne song; except that Horimiya, things are good, and easy. Despite their differences, Hori and Miyamura become close and go on a date.

The story is the first fairly agreed. What makes the beauty of Horimiya, and the success of this manga series (itself adapted from a popular webcomic in the early 2010s), precisely that it claims its sanctity. Instead of going through a somewhat artificial suspense, we very easily get what we were promised (a beautiful and very realistic love story) and we enjoy the sequel: the daily life of a young person couples and their friends. at an important time in their lives. Horimiya not an original story. But it’s a great summer read, if you want a little fun.

Horimiya, by Daisuke Hagiwara and Hero, Nobi Nobi editions (5 volumes, current series)

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