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Audrey Truschke @AudreyTruschke
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I'm going to quickly answer a series of objections that come up *literally* every time I post about the misogynistic filth (and other genres of hate) that are lobbed at me regularly for doing my job as a scholar. #thread
Objection: I'm playing the victim.

Reality: I'm accurately describing a phenomenon in which I am not at fault. Nobody deserves the hate mail I receive, absolutely nobody. Also, I'm not asking people to feel sorry for me. I am raising awareness.
Objection: Just block people who attack you.

Reality: I have blocked thousands of Twitter accounts. These is not a few bad apples but rather a society-wide phenomenon of permissibility of vile speech against women. We need to confront our demons because we can't outrun them.
Objection: The haters are bigots who can be ignored.

Reality: I am attacking with the implicit (and, perhaps, at times the explicit) support of some rather powerful people. When the trolls are largely running things, we ignore them at our peril.
Objection: Dealing with trolling and hate speech is not scholarly.

Reality: I am met with hate speech, in large part, because I discuss my scholarship in public forums. Disseminating scholarship matters, and hate speech has become part of that conversation for me.
Objection: It's my fault for being on Twitter.

Reality: That's an old trope, in the vein of 'It was her fault for wearing a short skirt'. If you really think that the answer to women being targeted is for women to change their behavior, well, you're looking at the wrong culprit.
Objection: This has nothing to do with you being a woman.

Reality: Yeah, it does, because of the language, the power dynamics, sexism, and many other things. My challenge back - If you think that gender doesn't matter, then stop drawing attention to my gender.
Enough for now. Please forgive any typos, and remember, no matter how much you disagree with anything I have said here, find a way to express it that does not use gendered language. And yes, that includes how to address me - Dr. or Professor Truschke (not Ms. or any variation)
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