Professor Gelms Studies Online Harassment of Women

Author: Shqipe Gjocaj, Reporting Democracy
September 5, 2021

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network cites assistant professor of English’s research, which found that women “erase” themselves online to avoid sexist harassment.

In late 2015, feminist activist Elonë Kastrati received a message on her Instagram account that read: “Make sure you choke yourself to death surrounded by your meaningless pads full of your disgusting period blood.”

Months earlier, to mark International Women’s Day, then 19-year-old Kastrati had made international headlines by pinning sanitary pads to trees and other objects around her hometown of Karlsruhe, near Germany’s southwestern border with France.

She had written on them things like, “Imagine if men were as disgusted with rape as they are with period blood” and “Rapists rape people, not outfits.”

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