Les harceleurs ne sont pas toujours les autres, c’est nous aussi

Les harceleurs ne sont pas toujours les autres, c'est nous aussi

Cases of sexist harassment are repeated on francophone social networks. The reactions of surprise or support do not change either. But the bullies are not always the others. Sometimes it’s us too, recalls journalist Lucie Ronfaut in Numerama’s #Rule30 newsletter.

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

– Internet users called for censorship for the (voluntary) deactivation of an account addressed to Sandrine Rousseau, playing on the confusion between the deputy’s true words and the often vulgar and offensive content. This is a technique called ” identity fraud“, which generally consists of posing as a feminist person with extreme comments to make fun of her, or even mislead other netizens. On average, the account published 400 tweets per month.

– French streamers have revealed (somewhat) the constant harassment they are subjected to on Twitch. One of them, Ava Mind, shared a particularly shocking excerpt from a voice note sent by a stranger, who insults him and suggests he make pornographic content instead of ” pretend to be a geek for the sexually destitute“.

– Léna Situations, a famous French influencer, who has already left Twitter in the past due to the harassment she regularly suffers there, has been the victim of another wave of hate online. This time, these attacks were motivated by the upcoming opening of a restaurant with her brand image, which offers 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 both public figures and ordinary people, 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 will be more threatened with death than rape , for instance). But they demonstrate our helplessness in the face of online violence, and also our incomprehension of its mechanics, even today.

Valérie Rey-Robert is the author (referring to an excerpt from a television program dating from 1987, where the cyclist Jeannie Longo suffered misogynistic criticism from her colleagues)

Because not only cyberbullying is repeated. There are also our reactions, which are often the same. Us « hallucinate “in the face of this violence (as if they could still surprise us), we sent” big fans (it is well intentioned, but it sounds a bit hollow in the face of such an immense and structural phenomenon) and above all, we are tempted to point the finger at a certain category of people. It’s the fault of trolls, incels and the like” frustrated virgins“, to bored teenagers, etc. In short, we create a boundary between the people who bully and ourselves. I don’t know if this argument is very comforting to a victim of cyberbullying. What I do know, however, is that this border does not actually exist.

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

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Get over your own clichés about online violence

I regularly return to this study by 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 learn, for example, that 31% of French people say they have already been at the origin of a situation of cyber violence (23% if we exclude people who admit to having searched their spouse’s phone without their authorization). This proportion is much higher among those under 35: 69% of young men surveyed admit to having already committed violence online, and 61% of young women. More interestingly, we learned that among the victims of repeated cyberbullying, 69% have also been at the origin of this type of situation.

Is it because we are more aware of the violence we suffer than the one we inflict? Or because we have become accustomed to hate as part of our online experiences? I often think about this lately, when I see anonymous question apps coming back into fashion, that Instagram wants to turn us all into videographers doped with algorithms (inspired by TikTok, itself a platform plagued by violence between Internet users), and that I imagine that by my next newsletter several new cases will have been announced. Of course, cyberbullying cannot be removed from its political, sexist, racist, or economic context. But neither can we act as if this phenomenon did not concern us and we were only distant witnesses of it. Bullies are not always other people. Sometimes it’s us too.

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The press review of the week.

Disinformation

Last week, YouTube (owned by Google/Alphabet) announced that it would now remove videos that spread information” misleading or wrong on abortion This decision comes in the context of the rollback of the right to abortion in the United States. But according to the platform, it is a simple extension of its policy of combating health disinformation, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information from numerama.

racism in manga

The Pixels section of the World addressed an interesting topic: black people in manga and the evolution of these representations. As expected, these two themes are closely related to the history of Japan and its relationship with immigration. But what you may not know is that this racism is indirectly related to the influence of the West. If you are interested in the subject, 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 of content of more or less good taste. This article of the atlantic focuses on a rather strange trend: Internet users implying that they are willing to host people who want to have an illegal abortion… but without ever saying the word” abortion“, for fear of censorship on social networks, or more simply to give themselves a militant image at a lower cost. You can read it (in English) here.

Band

On TikTok and YouTube, many videos show strippers talking about their work without any taboos. But by dint of wanting to go beyond the clichés about their activities, some end up creating others idealizing their profession, not to mention the precariousness and dangers. This is the subject of this research, to be read on Input Mag.

Something to read/watch/listen to/play

Horimiya

Hori is a popular and diligent high school student in class, despite the virtual absence of her parents who force her to take care of her little brother on her own. Miyamura is one of her classmates, shy and secretly addicted to piercings and tattoos, which he is forced to hide in high school. So far, it sounds like an Avril Lavigne song; except that in Horimiya, things end well, and fast. Despite their differences, Hori and Miyamura grow closer and go out together.

The history is a priori quite agree. What does the charm of Horimiya, and the success of this manga series (itself adapted from a popular webcomic in the early 2010s), is precisely that it embraces its banality. Instead of going through a somewhat contrived cliffhanger, we quickly get what we were promised (an adorable and quite realistic love story) and enjoy the sequel: the everyday life of a young couple and their friends who love, bicker and bond. support each other. at a crucial moment in their lives. Horimiya it is not an original story. But it’s a great summer read, if you fancy a little levity.

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

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