Professor Gelms Discusses Online Harassment of Women

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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REPORTING DEOMCRACY/BALKAN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING NETWORK -- To avoid it, some women “erase” themselves, San Francisco State University Assistant Professor Bridget Gelms wrote in a text published as part of the 2019 book Digital Ethics.

“One of the ways in which women can actually control the amount of online harassment they experience is through silence and self-erasure,” wrote Gelms, whose work concerns social media rhetoric and the cultural and material dimensions of social media. “Harassment online is making women disappear.”