More gender and looks related comments online towards women

Social media are ubiquitous in today’s society. The anonymity of posts seems to foster blaming others and falsely accusing individuals. The study presented in the article ‘The online platform as a megaphone‘ investigates posts on online platforms that address female and male professionals, including politicians, mayors, lawyers and scholars.

The researchers made comparisons between the professionals with regards to the contents of the posts. In total, they investigated 8402 posts related to twelve professionals. Moreover, they conducted interviews with four professionals and with four senders of posts.

Results of this study suggest wide differences between the professionals and the genders with respect to the contents of the posts they receive. Though the setting is small and quite specific in terms of respondents, I believe that the outcomes are important and are underlining a larger trend.

Source: Janine Janssen