I am fucking sick of being scared to be a woman on the Internet.
Because I don’t want to have to tell my corporate lawyer about threats to my husband, dog, or myself so that they can double check if someone might actually know where I live or if they really might try and come and find me.
Because I don’t want to be told to limit how I speak about women’s issues because I have worked on games that have problems with sexism and misogyny.
Because I don’t want to be told how fat or fuckable I am every time I appear on a video, live stream, or picture to promote something for my job.
Because when I post these comments as examples of problematic behavior towards women I am told that these are compliments.
Because I don’t want to have moved three times because I believed people on the Internet knew where I lived.
Because I don’t want to live in a world where anyone thinks it’s okay when a fan replaces every instance of my name with bitchface cuntbag on his forum.
Because I’m scared even writing this.
–elizabeth tobey on being a woman on the Internet.