Amanda Hess: “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet”

Amanda Hess, who writes about sex, gender politics, and culture, had an explosive essay this week in the Pacific Standard about what it’s like to be a woman on the Internet, especially one in the public eye. Too often, she explains, it’s insanely terrifying. Hess, who’s written for Slate, Wired, and ESPN and lives in Los Angeles, has been stalked for years by an anonymous reader who went by “headlessfemalepig” on Twitter, a now-suspended account that appeared to have been set up solely to send her abusive messages like these:

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