Disrespect towards women online
Disrespect towards women online happens in social media comments and messages, forums, and video calls and can include:
- trolling women on social media
- making sexualised comments and sexist jokes about women
- attempting to silence women because of their level of sexual attractiveness
- pestering women for dates and sex on dating apps.
Key facts about online disrespect towards women
- 65% of girls and young women reported being harassed or abused online – worse than the global average (58%) ( , 2019)
- Women are more likely to report being harassed online than men ( , 2019)
- Sports women cop more harassment on social media than male athletes – and it’s more likely to be sexist, belittle their sporting ability, or sexually harassing ( , 2019)
- Women of colour and of religious minorities, women who have a disability and those that identify as LGBTIQ or are outspoken online are harassed even more – and it’s usually more extreme ( , 2019)
- 53% of women harassed online said they had lower self-esteem, and 51% were mentally or emotionally stressed after the harassment ( , 2019).
How to do something
- Show you don’t agree by posting eye-roll or thumbs-down emojis
- Support women and others doing something about disrespect by liking and sharing their posts and comments
- Speak up against disrespect by asking in the group chat: ‘I don’t get it, why is that funny?’
- Message women being disrespected to show they have support and aren’t alone
- Share posts from women being disrespected to help to drown out negativity
- Messaging the person being disrespectful can feel less attacking than commenting publicly
- Speaking up with links to research or insights can help keep things constructive.