Social media dominates much of society today. However, with the increase in social media use, we have seen a new phenomenon emerge: online abuse.
Anyone can become a victim of abuse online, but it is apparent that certain behaviours are gender specific. This is particularly true for women in the public domain. During the last general election, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott received almost 50% of all abusive tweets during the election campaign.
Laura Bliss, Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate in Law, aims to expose the sexist and misogynistic abuse women are exposed to every day on social media, and why as a society we need to do more to combat this.
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