Alice Marwick at Wired on “Donglegate“:
Regardless of the nuances of the incident, the fact remains that [Adria] Richards faced a gargantuan backlash that included death threats, rape threats, a flood of racist and sexually violent speech, a DDOS attack on her employer — and a photoshopped picture of a naked, bound, decapitated woman. The use of mob justice to punish women who advocate feminist ideals is nothing new, but why does this happen so regularly when women criticize the tech industry? Just stating that the tech industry has a sexism problem — something that’s supported by reams of scholarly evidence — riles up the trolls.
Now why does that sound so familiar?
I mean, it even has a “-gate” attached to it.