vis Ms Naughty Porn for Women:
"Violet Blue’s SF column this week, Ugly Violet, and her subsequent blog post has really struck a chord with me. She writes about the way comment trolls dismiss women because of their appearance and the body image issues women have in our culture. This is a conversation we need to be having and one I considered writing about a while ago. I must admit, I never got around to doing it, partly due to fear over what comments it might inspire.
I’ve been down that path. A few years ago I wrote a political comment opposing the Iraq war. Online opponents then went at me with an onslaught of abuse, a lot of it purely trolling. Suddenly I was a stupid, ugly skank who should keep her mouth shut.
It had a big effect on me. I couldn’t sleep, going over retorts in my mind. And I didn’t bother writing anything political ever again.
I hate to admit it, but they won. They shut me up. And I still cringe when I see that those comments are still on the web, waiting for someone to read about how I’m so stupid and ugly."