I've written here a number of times about the harassment that women face regularly on the CTA. Earlier this month I applauded the CTA for expanding its own anti-harassment campaign.
Of course, the reality is that women - and some men - face harassment as part of everyday life on the streets, at work, wherever.
And that wherever includes the vast online world.
My friend and Chicago journalist Amy Guth is making an episodic documentary about "harassment and civility in the online world, how it relates to women and how some women are fighting back."
This is awesome. It's a story that needs to be told, and I know that Amy will do the job right.
Of course, it takes money to make a documentary. That's why she launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project.
I am donating to it. And I'm asking you also to give.
Here's what she's doing, from her Kickstarter site:
Among the questions episodes will raise: what is the range of online harassment and what forms does it take? Where else in history have we seen a similar narrative around shutting public voices down? Is the idea of avoiding online conversations that might become heated actually dangerous? Who harasses people online and why? Who thinks it’s perfectly ok and defends the practice? Who is doing work to change it? And, what’s actually working? In other words, there’s a lot here, and I aim to look deeply into this complex issue. I’m in search of causes and solutions. Because I believe our online lives can and should be better.
As far as I know, no one else is working on any similar project, which makes it even more important for us to support it.
And if you do, Amy will give you cool swag, such as a homemade origami crane and a personalized calligraphy card.
Do it now. Donate to this great cause. Thank you.
Here's Amy's video appeal about the documentary:
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