I was speaking to a male blogging friend recently about some of the worst comments he has ever received (because bloggers share comments like soldiers share battle wounds) and something really struck me. Lets see what you think…
His 5 Worst Comments
- I hope you die
- Your grammar is incorrect
- You’re not as smart as you think you are
- You’re an asshole
- You should do more research
My 5 Worst Comments (Warning – graphic)
- I hope you get raped
- I’m going to find you and dick slap you
- I can’t wait to beat your cunt
- If you get raped, know you deserved it
- I’m going to shove my big dick up your ass until you bleed
So…those are not the same. All awful, but not exactly equal. What really struck me, is that my friend blogs about what might be considered controversial topics and I…well…I don’t. (At least not on the blog where I received these comments) I blog about happy things and things that make me laugh. So, why are my worst comments so much more violent than his?
I have a pretty good theory as to why – it’s because I have a vagina.
BUT – before I add another thing to my sexism list, I thought a larger sample was in order. So, male bloggers – have you ever received violent comments? Feel free to be as vague as possible (aka, just say “yes”) as I know this can be very painful and difficult to rehash. I’m just interested to know if my friend is just super lucky in the comment troll department, or if there is something bigger at play here.
Let me know your thoughts! (And ladies, if you would like to, feel free to share as well)