Be A Woman, Join The Gun Debate – Get Sexually Harassed!

The (female) co-editor of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffrey, tweeted about the death of a skilled American sniper who had recently been murdered at a gun range. She wasn’t mocking him or his death, but rather stating that if even a talented shooter couldn’t stop a determined gun attack, maybe we should keep discussing the gun laws in our country.

The outpouring of sexual harassment on Twitter was prompt and vicious. Among gender-neutral insults like scumbag and worthless ass, she was called a whore, bitch, slut, and other derogatory names.

I’m really disappointed by how unsurprising it is that women who share their opinions on the internet can expect to receive that kind of harassment pretty regularly. We can’t reasonably function as a democracy if people who voice their opinions are shut down and harassed. This also reinforces my point that gun culture is linked to misogyny (and makes me feel oddly grateful that I didn’t get harassed for my post…what kind of a messed-up culture makes you feel happy that you weren’t harassed?!).

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Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.