Trolls v Rowling

This has been happening:

A British academic whose new book is about why women are blamed for crimes committed against them has been subjected to thousands of coordinated attacks from alt-right trolls over the last week, culminating in her personal computer being hacked.

Dr Jessica Taylor, a senior lecturer in forensic and criminal psychology, is due to publish her exploration of victim blaming, Why Women are Blamed for Everything, on 27 April. Looking into what causes society to blame women who have been abused, raped, trafficked, assaulted or harassed by men, the book has drawn increasing publicity, including an appearance on Woman’s Hour.

I listened to that conversation on Woman’s Hour; it was very good. She talked about the just world fallacy: thinking “if I do everything right it won’t happen to me” so if it happens to someone else you decide she must have done something not-right. I recognize the tic in myself: hearing of bad thing, wanting to avoid bad thing, making note not to do ___ that person bad thing happened to did. It’s unconscious, it’s knee-jerk, and I absolutely do it.

But since 17 April, Taylor has been targeted by what she describes as a “group of organised trolls” who align themselves with the “alt-right”, men’s rights activists, incel (involuntary celibates) and Mgtow (men going their own way) movements, who have posted thousands of messages on her public Facebook page, including rape and death threats. On 21 April, Taylor contacted police when the screen on her laptop was remotely accessed. The investigation is ongoing.

But today brings a bit of pleasanter news.

That should boost sales just a tad.

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