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05/23/2016

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Ashley F

The video and article “#MoreThanMean: Jumana Bambot on women journalists and online harassment” shows how mean tweets online are hard for people to say out loud. This is meant to send a message about how if people cannot say things to someone’s face, they probably should not be said or typed at all I find it repulsive how desensitized people are when they write online. Our generation is getting so use to hiding behind a screen and saying whatever they want without facing any punishment for it. Women in the sports industry are called emotional and overly sensitive when in reality they are being harshly harassed by thousands online. There is a difference between “locker room” and harassment. These women are being emotionally ripped apart for simply doing their job. The video shows how people type these terrible tweets up without a second thought but when they are read aloud, they are words hard to speak. Calling women terrible names and telling them you want them to be raped is extremely terrifying. The men in the video struggle to get the words out and try to distance themselves from what they are saying by repeating “I am sorry” and “They say.” Even though they know they are just reading these things and they know the women know it is not from them, it is still hard for the men to look the women in their eyes and say these horrible things. This is such a strong message! Our generation can be known to feel a sense of entitlement that leads to them thinking they can say what they want. People do not often see how terrible they are being and feel like their opinion is important. Although people have a right to their own opinion, if someone wants someone to get raped, it is NOT okay and should not be an acceptable thing to tell someone.

Gian Sutton

The objective of this article and video was to show how much internet abuse, and to what extent, happens to women in the sports industry and in general. I’ve always been aware of the issue of online harassment toward women but this article and video brought more light upon the subject for me. It is unfortunate that we live in a time where hate is still so abundant and especially because of the way someone was born. Some people would say this is just harmless banter and should be taken as such and just ignored by the women who receive these threats, I’ve been a victim of online harassment myself but never to the extent of the things that I saw in the video and I don’t think these are things that can just be shaken off. What really infuriates me about this article is the fact that the people typing these things would never, or more than likely never say them to a woman’s face. This is even sadder when you take into consideration how many of these comments are left by little kids or just cowards in general, people feel that they can say whatever they want behind the safety of a keyboard, and what’s sad is they wouldn’t be incorrect in saying that. Just looking at the men who read the comments to the women while looking them in the face, you can just tell that the original author of the post would never do what they did, they couldn’t even make eye contact with the women after reading the posts and even I felt uncomfortable. When you think about the fact that you can make a death threat in person and get arrested and make one on a website and nothing will happen to you, it’s pretty astounding and sad. Not only do I think it takes major courage to be a woman in general in the sports or gaming industry, but to continue to do what you do after you’ve been faced with the trials that anyone else would have to undergo on top of misogyny has to be tough. As I said I’ve been harassed too, just because I’m black but I can’t imagined going to work and being called terrible names and sent death threats on a daily basis. I wish we lived in a world where you couldn’t type something that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. I feel like if that were the case there would be almost no online harassment, people wouldn’t dare say these extremely hateful things while looking someone in the eye. It makes me angry because when I think about this I know there is not, and probably will never be, a way to remedy the problem that is online bullying. The web is a massive and cluttered place where people can do what they want and just use another name and everything will be okay. Another thing I find kind of intriguing about this is the fact that people don’t really talk to one another nearly as much in public yet when certain people are behind a keyboard they have an opinion on everything under the sun. I just wish people would stop the online bullying or any bullying for that matter.

Diamone

The video, and the article #Morethanmean helps us to understand that things that ones say online is more than difficult to say to the persons face. Doing this strategy though would show others how they can tweet something but when it may be time to address or say it to that persons face that just can't. This strategy would help others to watch what they say and not only what they say but also how they say it. This will reduce harrasment online because people are different online and in person but it would teach ones a valuable lesson as to is this really what you mean? And if it isn't nice it really shouldn't be said.

katlyn andres

While watching the video #MoreThanMean by Jumana Bambot I literally got cold chills. It makes me want to just cry but lash out at the people who could be so cold. The guys discomfort made me uncomfortable but I could feel the girls pain. I do not even know what to say to the men who wrote these. What could one possibly say to someone who obviously has no feelings what so ever? I would want to be rude but I know it would not make you any better than them. I would want to say something that makes them realize what they are doing. "Do you realize what you are doing? How these women are affected because you think you are superior to them? Think about your mom or your grandma or the women who raised you. Would you ever say something like that to them? It is no different. How about you go and try to be a sports reporter like them. Would you do any better? Look at these women and think about what you are doing. You arent hurting just them you are hurting yourself also.

Morgan W

this article and video that i watched, "#morethanmean" by Jumana Bambot was really an eye opener on how people are. these people got on their phones and tweeted on social media saying very horrible things about these women who are just doing their jobs. you can tell in the video that both them women and the men who had to read the tweets to the them were very hurt and disgusted. if the people who posted these tweets watched this video and heard some things they typed, i'm sure they'd would feel the horrible people. and they should ask themselves if they would actually say those things to those women face to face. no matter if these sport reporters were men or women, tweets like that is not acceptable and people who say those hurtful things should be put in jail.

Erika Allen

After reading the article "#morethanmean" Jumana Bambot really made me consider about how people really are. I grew up on the phrase "if you have nothing to say that is not nice then don't say it at all". obviously some people just do not care. some people can say some mean and harsh things about people and what they do. Social media is just a way for people to hide behind a phone, ipad, or computer and say things that they really can not in life or face to face to that person. People do not realize how hurtful they can actually be because if that person puts that comment or tweet on the internet its there forever and everyone can see it. That is the most hurtful things you can do to person is break them down where everyone can see it.

Alex Monahan

In the video the guys who read the tweets to the girls started getting hesitant to read some of the really mean ones. It is a lot harder to say something derogatory to a woman you are sitting right in front of than to tweet about them on a phone. Many guys do not feel as if women should be able to announce and write about sports because they are women. These men were taught that men are supposed to play sports, announce for sports shows, and write for sports magazines. Many people would probably generalize women as the type to stay home or desk jobs. While women do not usually see this way at all and feel they can do anything a man can do.

Hailey Free

In this video, it is hard to watch because I know that they are only doing their jobs, and those tweets were just harassment. If people would start following not saying something if you would not say it to their face, then harassment would drop tremendously because the amount of social media that is used to harass people is numerously high. It would be highly effective and I think that more people would not be harassed because a lot of people are not going to say anything to someone else's face. I do not agree that harassment is just locker talk and women that complain are just being sensitive, because what if it was them who are harassed on social media every day for doing their job. Also, it is not locker room talk when it is being expressed online. If it was supposed to be locker room talk, then it would stay in the room and not be posted anywhere. Everyone is titled to their own opinion until harassment is involved.

Allison Thurman

When I watched the video of the men having to tell the women exactly what other people said about them to their face. I was very shocked and it made me mad because people just say rude and hateful things on the internet that they would never say to their face. You could tell how hard it was for the guys to say exactly what people said about the ladies. It personally made me mad and I wish that those rude people wouldn't have said those things about those women. Those rude comments can really tear a person down. Many people on the video said "I hope you get raped again", nobody should ever wish that upon somebody because they already have to live with the fact that they have been raped and had to go through that.

Emma Ringo

Some women working as sports commentators get harassed but people argue that it is only "locker room talk" and that the women are "overly sensitive" when it comes to this topic. I absolutely disagree with this. These women only want to do what they love and they get threats through social media threatening their lives and insulting them in very personal ways. If I were one of these women, I would genuinely be scared for my life. One woman on the video from this article had been raped in her past, one of the tweets said something around the lines of "you should be Bill Cosby's next victim" and "You should be raped again". Not only are these comments ridiculous but they are very hurtful and they probably bring up bad memories from these women. If you wouldn't say it to them in person why say it over social media such as Twitter.

Kelsey Hopper

I think that strategy of showing people how badly it hurts the person who is getting the harassment would be very effective in reducing online harassment. The reason I think this is because if you see how much it impacts them then you will think twice about putting any negativity on online towards someone. At the end of the video when it said you wouldn't say it to their face so don't type it would be very effective in reducing online harassment as well.If you are thinking about writing something hateful online about someone and you wouldn't say it to their face then you shouldn't say it online because saying online or not it's still going to have the same effect as saying it to their face.

yashmine

The video and article“#MoreThanMean: Jumana Bambot on women journalists and online harassment” show you how mean tweets online are hard for people to say out loud. Watching the video it made me angry, uncomfortable, and sad. I probably would write back the men that said those men tweets and be just as rude back but another part of me wouldn't. This strategy of showing people how hard it is to read mean tweets to the persons face to me is very effective in reducing online harassment. Watching the video will make people think twice before sending a mean tweet or message. Because if you wouldn't say it to there face then why would you tweet it.

Eliza W.

As women start to work at jobs that are seen as male jobs, such as a sports broadcaster, the public becomes more and more harsh online. As seen from the video, some of these tweets against women were quite disturbing. The problem is, what can be done about the situation of helpless women being threatened and bombarded with harsh comments for doing their job? Bambot states that “harassment online is difficult to prosecute, though, and more often than not women are told to simply ignore it.” While I do not believe that women should just be expected to ignore the fact that they are being harassed, I cannot think of a realistic way that the internet could possibly be monitored to stop this harassment. I believe that instead, the culture and mindset about gender based jobs needs to change. Along with that, I also believe that the view on women being inferior to men or not competent enough to perform a man’s job needs to change. This will not be any easy or quick change, but I think that it will help cut down on these ridiculous and disturbing online statements.

Carrie

Reading then commits made to the sports journalist appeared to be very long and embarrising to some of the men asked to read aloud. My reaction is of surprise people can actually say that about another person, then they got function daily lives. I find it scary, people who think and writer with such hate could be anyone we know.

Carrie

Reading then commits made to the sports journalist appeared to be very long and embarrising to some of the men asked to read aloud. My reaction is of surprise people can actually say that about another person, then they got function daily lives. I find it scary, people who think and writer with such hate could be anyone we know


Heather St.Onge

As many people know twitter and Facebook and Instagram are the most popular social media tools, but what we don't know is how badly it truly effects us. Women have made a strong impact in our history and are growing more and more independent by each day, but having all of the social media in our lives we look on those and for some women they compare what there lives are like compared to there friends lives. In the article, Bambot mentions the argument made by some that online harassment of women is just “harmless locker room talk” and that those who complain are “overly sensitive.” As far as online harassment goes and it being called harmless locker room talk I strongly disagree, some of these women that are listening to all of this so called "locker room talk" are basing how they look and how they act on what people say about them or what they think of them; which is wrong. When people say you are being overly sensitive that usually means that they are trying to make themselves feel better for the pain that they have cause you. By them saying that to you it is a tool for them to not make themselves feel bad or guilty for what they have done. We live in a cruel cruel world and the only way we can make it is if we stay strong to who we are, and always remember to be you and love you for it.

Cynthia V

Jumana Bambot wrote an insightful piece for Ms. Blog, titled #MoreThanMean: Watch What Happens When Men Read Abusive Tweets To Female Sports Reporters. The article comes with a video embedded as well with the men reading horrifyingly rude tweets that were posted about the women reporters. It goes on to talk about the kind of harassment that happens online. This kind of harassment can happen in a face-to-face situation, but is far less likely. Bambot writes about the types of harassment women specifically face online, which is usually gender-based. These two reporters, Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro, face so much online harassment because of their professions. These women experience stereotypical judgments made about women in relation to sports, that they know nothing, and they should be quite. The tweets that were given throughout the article were mild in comparison to the ones read in the video, but they exemplify just how cruel people can get. From criticism as to how they sound in their reports, to a variety of threats.
One could read the article alone and understand the position the two women are constantly in for their career. The video, however, served as a great method to see just how terrible some of the tweets sound out loud; far worse than seeing them typed. What was a good factor about having the video included is hearing the power that strong, abusive wording changing the energy between the reporters and the men they chose to re-read the tweets to them. It started casual, and they were fine with reading what they thought would be harmless trash talk. As the tweets begin to escalate in severity, the men begin to get extremely uncomfortable to the point of not wanting to read them outloud anymore. There was a change in the tones they were using, the amount of eye contact they were making, and an all around embarrassment circling in the room. Even though these men were, hopefully, not the ones who wrote those tweets and hopefully will not; they were reading them directly to the person to whom it corresponded. The video was important to see that no matter whose words they are, they are harmful. These men did not choose those words and had no reason to feel that embarrassed or shamed. The video shows just how little it matters who is reading the words, the first person who places those out there begins the riot.

kaelee

I believe the text and the video complement each other very well. The video really gives you emotions and feelings that you really can’t feel through text. You also get all of the tweets instead of a quote here or there. In comparison, the text gives statistics and facts which the video didn’t give and goes over the difference between online harassment for women and men.
The overall goal of the video and text was to get people to think before they tweet and I think if people did this, online harassment would be greatly reduced. My take is, just like these men, it can seem impersonal and almost unreal to say something nasty online. But once you think about it or say it in real life, it’s really hurtful. People who say that online harassment is just “harmless locker room talk” and people who complain are “overly sensitive” are the ones harassing! Online harassment is the same as in person. It hurts the same and can have real consequences.
I just rewatched the video the whole way through. I am sitting in my living room, across from my grandmother. She heard the whole video, and I cannot tell you how upset she is right now. The video angered me and made me uncomfortable and the video angered her. Who gets to say these things to women? Who gets to decide where women do and don’t belong? Who gets to decide how we feel? You know what my grandma told me, don’t let anyone steal your joy! I wouldn’t respond to those men. I would just keep doing what I was doing. I would delete my Twitter and live my life and have fun because at the end of the day, they’re only hurting themselves.

Austin Celestino

In the article, “Watch What Happens When Men Read Abusive Tweets to Female Sports Reporters,” by Jumana Bambot, Bambot shows a video and goes into detail about the harassment of women specifically in sports media. In her video, she shows an array of harassment and threats towards women commentators in sports. The essay and the video do meld well together, such as well the men are awkwardly trying to say some of the tweets, with some of the male comments posted in the article below. Bambot tries to make the argument saying that if it was made clear that one would not say their threats to the actual person’s face. I would disagree with this argument, because that is specifically why people are harassing others like this online; because they will not get caught. I would not say it is a viable solution, and it would rather just be another note for people to make fun of instead of considering it as a viable point. I do not agree as well with that idea that this kind of harassment is just “locker room talk” and that people who complain are “overly sensitive.” If it was left at some sexist comments here and there, I would say that it was more of the consequences of having a free and open internet, where people can remain anonymous. However, it would seem that the situation has gone further to complete online harassment, where even death threats were sent out. That, to me, is inexcusable. The question remains, however, what the proper way to deal with it would be. The solution of silencing the harassers would fall more under the idea of repressing freedom of speech, and the idea of just telling harassers that they would not do it in real life might just encourage them because they are getting a reaction. I believe the best solution would have to be to slowly, but steadily work the idea of women being in sports. The hate might be strong as of now, but over time, the idea will become more accepted and less harassers will follow suit.

Maria Brown

This article was very informative about how women are being harassed online. This article even made me kind of mad because you do not really hear too much about these things from the media. I think it is wrong for men to put women in a box, and think all they are good for is housework and sex. There is nothing wrong with a woman who likes masculine things such as sports. The behavior of the men who harassed the female sports reporter is inexcusable. Women have as much rights as men to like and engage in sports if they want to. Calling women words like "cunt," and "bitch" is very damaging and hurtful. I think that some men should really think ahead before they post

Jiacheng Zhang

After reading the article, I just cannot believe the internet is being used like this and they got not even a little punishment. Is that means the women online are allowed to be harassed? Really? This heinous behavior should be stopped. I think there has to be some institution to help with those women who have suffered those harassments. Also, the society is supposed to encourage those women to improve their sense of self-protection in order to prevent those events from happening. Then, the amount of the events will be decreasing. As a result, I think we all have the duty to stop these serious events.

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