Together with Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) founder Jaclyn Friedman and reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman, Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian has released a guide to help people stay safe online.
These women know harassment better than most, and their guide called Speak Up and Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Online Harassment provides free tips on how best to do so. It’s clear Sarkeesian, Friedman, and Sherman have taken their years of experience and experiences of others and created what appears to be a very comprehensive and useful guide. There are a large number of sections which cover topics such as how make sure your personal information is secure when using social media sites and posting in online forums, how to document any harassment you’re facing and how to report it. There are sections specifically for online gaming and protecting your physical post and even a useful section on self care and mental health, which comes with a plethora of outside resources to help you help yourself.
It’s a sad truth that something like this is actually necessary, and the guide points this out, stating “We wish we didn’t have to write this [..]None of this is fair. It should not be our meticulous labor and precious funds that keep us safe, it should be our basic humanity.” It really is a sad truth that women, people of colour, queer, and trans people all face threats and harassment simply for expressing their opinions or truths that need to be heard. As a female-focussed tech website we know online harassment is a massive problem, our own editor has faced it personally, but it’s important to remember, as these women do, “It’s not your fault. Never. Ever.” It’s undeniably important that we work to make things better, but it’s equally important that we keep ourselves safe too.
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