The bullies are not always others, but us

Cases of sexual harassment recur on French-speaking social networks Reactions of surprise or support do not change either. But bullies are not always others. Sometimes it happens to us too, recalls journalist Lucy Ronfot in Numerma’s #Rule30 newsletter.

Honestly, I don’t know what else to write about cyberbullying. Each week brings its share of horrendously violent and eerily similar ones. This field has been busy for the past few days.

– Internet users cried out for censorship because of the (voluntary) deactivation of an account that targeted Sandrine Rousseau, playing on the confusion between the MP’s truth and often vulgar and offensive content. It is a technique that ” FemSpoofing“, which usually makes extreme comments to make fun of someone pretending to be a feminist, or even to deceive other Internet users. On average, the account posted 400 tweets per month.

– French streamers reveal (a little) that they are constantly harassed on Twitch. One of them, Abha Man, A particularly gruesome piece was shared A voice note sent by a stranger, insulting her and suggesting she “make pornographic content instead.” Pretend to be a geek for the sexless

– Lena Situation, the famous French influencer who has already quit Twitter because she was regularly harassed there, has been subjected to another wave of online hate. This time, the attacks were motivated by the upcoming opening of a restaurant bearing his brand image, serving vegan food.

Of course, these three situations alone do not sum up the concept of cyberbullying, which is a complex and protean phenomenon. It can affect public figures as well as ordinary people, and it does not only affect women, even if belonging to a vulnerable category increases the risk and determines the type of attack (a man will often face death threats. Rape, for example). But they demonstrate our helplessness in the face of online violence, and our incomprehension in the face of its mechanics, even today.

Valerie Ray-Robert is a writer (she cites a quote from a 1987 TV show, in which cyclist Jenny Longo was subjected to rude criticism from colleagues).

Because it’s not just cyberbullying that repeats itself. Also we have reactions, which are often the same. we are “Hallucinates “In the face of this violence (that they may yet surprise us), we send” Huge supporter (This is well-intentioned, but sounds a little hollow in the face of such a vast and structured phenomenon) And above all, we are tempted to point the finger at a certain class of people. It’s the fault of trolls, incels and the like.” disappointed virgin“, to disturbed teenagers, etc. In short, we create a boundary between the bullies and ourselves. I don’t know if this argument is very comforting to victims of cyberbullying. However, what I do know is that this boundary doesn’t really exist.

This article is an excerpt from Rule30, our weekly newsletter published by Numerma. This is the number for July 13, 2022. To subscribe for free, click here.

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Overcome your own clichés about online violence

I regularly return to this study by the IPSOS Institute, published earlier in the year with the Féministes contre le cyberharassement association, which helped me overcome my own clichés about online violence. We learn, for example, that 31% of French people say that they have already experienced a situation of cyberviolence (23% if we exclude people who admit to searching their spouse’s phone without their permission). This proportion is much higher among the under-35s: 69% of young men surveyed admitted to having already committed online violence, and 61% of young women. More interestingly, we learned that among repeat cyberbullying victims, 69% also experienced such situations.

Is it because we are more aware of the violence we do? Or because we have become accustomed to hate as part of our online experience? I think about this often lately, when I see that anonymous question apps are back in fashion, That Instagram wants to turn us all into algorithm-doped videographers (inspired by TikTok, itself a platform plagued by violence among internet users), and I imagine that by my next newsletter, several new cases will be publicized. Of course, cyberbullying cannot be taken out of its political, sexist, racist or economic context. But we cannot act as if this event did not concern us and we were only distant witnesses to it. Bullies are not always other people. Sometimes it’s us too.

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Press Review of the Week

Disinfo

Last week, YouTube (owned by Google/Alphabet) announced that it would now remove videos that spread information ” misleading or incorrect About abortion. The decision comes in the context of the rollback of abortion rights in the US. But according to the platform, this is a general extension of the principle of combating confusion about health, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information from Numerical.

Racism in manga

Its pixel category the world Saw an interesting topic: black people in manga and the evolution of this representation. Unsurprisingly, these two topics are closely related to Japan’s history and its relationship with immigration. But what you may not know is that this racism is indirectly linked to the influence of the West. If you are interested in this topic, you can read the article here.

Say my name, say my name

A partial ban on abortion in the US has led to an avalanche of content in more or less good taste. This article from the atlantic Focuses on a rather strange trend: Internet users who imply that they are ready to shelter people seeking illegal abortions… but never “say the word Abortion“, for fear of censorship on social networks, or more simply to project their militant image at low cost. You can read it (in English) here.

Strip

On TikTok and YouTube, many videos feature strippers talking about their work without restraint. But wanting to go beyond the clichés about their activities, some idealize their profession to others, not to mention the uncertainties and dangers. This is the subject of this investigation, to be read in the input mag (in English).

Something to read/watch/listen/play

Horimia

Hori is a popular and diligent high school student in her class, despite the virtual absence of her parents who force her to take care of her younger brother alone. Miyamura is one of his classmates, shy and secretly addicted to piercings and tattoos, which he is forced to hide in high school. So far, it sounds like an Avril Lavigne song; Except that in between Horimia, things end well, and quickly. Despite their differences, Hori and Miyamura grow close and date.

The story is descending Pretty much agree. What makes its charm Horimia, and the success of this manga series (itself adapted from a popular webcomic in the early 2010s), precisely because it assumes its generality. Instead of going through some artificial suspense, we quickly get what we were promised (an adorable and rather realistic love story) and we enjoy the sequel: the everyday life of a young couple and their friends. People who love, fight and support each other at a crucial time in their lives. Horimia Not an original story. But it’s a great summer read, if you like a little levity.

Horimiya, by Daisuke Hagiwara and Hiro, Nobi Nobi Edition (5 vols., current series)

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