Fighting with someone over the internet is easy. Attacking, insulting, and tearing them down is no big deal. Harassment on the internet isn’t something new, right? Recently, while reading an issue of Glamour, an article caught my eye. It was about a woman who had her picture put up on a website. I went to that website and what I saw was just outrageous.
Some might say this website is all in good fun, but others would definitely disagree. TheDirty.com is a website made solely to harass and attack normal women. Users can submit pictures of women, and other users can bash on them. Looking through the site all these women were good looking! Yet people still commented things like, “giant beak” or “parking lot forehead.” All I could hope for is that no one would ever post my own picture up.
It’s degrading and unnecessary. It makes people’s self-worth go down. There’s an age-old saying that goes, “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” On the internet it’s as though people forget that they’re still interacting with real people who have feelings. It’s dumb to think we can all get along, because we don’t really have to. On the internet you’ll interact with many different people, some of whom you won’t see eye to eye with, but attacking them won’t change a thing.
This isn’t the only website of its kind and it’s not the only place where harassment occurs. Even here on Lovelyish there are commenters who get ballsy and begin name-calling. Why? Because they can! The anonymity of the internet makes one feel powerful and brave. They can rattle off anything they think of without repercussions. I know this post won’t change everyone’s opinions, and won’t prevent people from making fun of other users, but I do hope that they’ll think twice before calling someone else a “bitch” or a “cunt.”
Lovelies is this a topic that hits close to home? Have you ever made fun of someone over the internet, or been made fun of?