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Misogyny and anonymity

Three years ago, I posted about anonymity. I still agree with every word I wrote. Anonymity hasn't made the web a better place. Instead, it has allowed some of the worst ideas ever to get published. (This link is unsettling). All we can do is root for Kathy and hope that the bully behind this is caught. It makes me angry.

Where do attitudes like this start? Alas, anonymous bullying is not that far from the hateful things Times critic Harry Hurt says in a review he did of Suze Orman last week. "Among the substances that need hazmat warning labels are the liquid that bronzes Suze Orman's hair, the paste that whitens her teeth..." He goes on for paragraphs in a personal attack that has nothing whatsoever to do with the book or its value. (I wrote a letter to the editor--no luck.) Why is this okay for a blog, never mind the paper of record? I don't think it is. And the hate won't go away, any of it, until enough people speak up.

Isn't it sad that misogyny is so common that there's even a word for it?

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