Help fund documentary about women, online harassment and civility

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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  • In short, she wants money and doesn't say what productive she is going to do with it. At least CTA has a wish list with, what Hilkevitch characterized as "murky deadlines:

    I seem to remember that you didn't do anything about a cyberstalker on this site.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thank you for contributing to the problem.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    I didn't threaten anyone. But I noted that you contributed to the problem by not doing anything about it when asked to do so.

  • In reply to jack:

    You're wrong, Jack. She clearly lays it all out:

    "I’ve set my crowdfunding goal at $48,000, which will ensure that the film is filmed, travel happens to all the major cities I need to visit, and necessary research continues in an organized, efficient and quality way. It will also help pay for film insurance, as well as hard drives, server space and and footage storage and transfer."

    And there's more that you can read on the site.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    But, no, she isn't doing anything effective about combating harassment.

    Jimmy, you and Amy are employees of one Tribune company or the other. If this is so worthwhile, why doesn't Tribune pay for it and put it on CLTV or instead of the Paul Konrad/Skip Parker clown show? It isn't like Amy doesn't have an outlet given to her.

  • In reply to jack:

    Please, explain how you've come to the conclusion that Amy isn't doing anything to combat harassment. Especially interested since she hasn't made the film yet.

    Unless you think she just shouldn't even try but that would be pathetic so it can't be that.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Jimmy, apparently you can't read, because all Amy said was that she wanted money to finance some video, not how the video is going to stop some scum on the CTA from showing his private parts to Kevin's daughter. Besides that I indicated how Amy can get her video equipment financed.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, this isn't about the CTA. My final comment is to refer you back to what Kevin wrote:

    "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."

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    1. If you are so concerned about harassment in the online world, why don't you do anything about it in the portion of the online world in which you have authority, such as the CTA Tattler incident I mentioned above, or the thug hiding behind district299reader? But I guess that since the attacks are against a man, you don't care. Or maybe you are a hypocrite.
    2. This is the CTA Tattler.
    3. You still haven't answered why your and Amy's employer won't produce the documentary, while I should pay to do so.

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