Though one might assume that Austin’s 2015 SXSW Interactive festival would be overrun by tech dudes mansplaining the interwebs to rapt audiences of other tech dudes (looking at you Eric Schmidt), women led a lot of the most impassioned discussions and debates at this year’s event. Panels titled Sex, Lies, and the Internet, Why Does the Internet Hate Women, and Bustle’s own Why Feminism Is Winning the Web specifically touched on why it’s become dangerous for women online — whether they’re defending female gamers, advancing feminist ideals, taking part in a contentious conversation, or, you know, just existing. Though men and women experience online harassment in similar amounts, the harassment women face tends to be more severe in nature, more often including sexual language, stalking, and death threats.
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