When women are harassed and bullied off the internet, they are being driven away from the use of the most powerful tool they have to change their world – our world. When examples are made out of girls who participate online, it is because that participation is a clear and present threat to the stale old social order. It is the same logic by which women and girls have always been told that the street is a dangerous place for them. If you go out after dark, you might get grabbed, or groped, or worse. Best pack up your dancing shoes and stick to the kitchen. Best stay out of public space altogether. The technology is new, but the sentiment is very, very ancient.
–Laurie Penny on the different types of danger.