One man in the UK has learnt the hard way – the only way – the extent of abuse and sexual harassment women on the internet all-too-often suffer.
It was an experiment set up by a speaker, writer and researcher in sexual violence from Staffordshire, Jessica Eaton.
She asked her husband Alex to set up two accounts on a “generic non-sexual forum”. One as an 18-year-old male with a “boring chat name” and the other as an 18-year-old female, also with a “boring” name.
Guess what happened?
On the male’s account: “NOTHING HAPPENED”
On the female’s account, it was an entirely different (yet all too familiar) result.
“Within seconds he had eight inbox messages from men and the first one he opened was a full pic of a guy’s dick,” Jessica posted on Twitter. “The other men were asking him if he was really 18 or if he was a child and then started asking him to do sexual stuff.”
4. The other men were asking him if he was really 18 or if he was a child and then started asking him to do sexual stuff
— Jessica Eaton (@Jessicae13Eaton) August 24, 2017