Men: Here’s how you can be better allies for women online

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This piece is part of an ongoing series exploring what it means to be a woman on the internet. 


Log off. Make your account private. Block them. These are a few of the strategies women are told to use when faced with online harassment. But they miss the point. 

Emily May, the cofounder and executive director of Hollaback!, a nonprofit working to end harassment, says that in the same way that girls are told to never go outside alone at night, always carry mace, or to not wear short skirts, women are expected to make the extra effort to keep themselves safe online. 

But that approach doesn’t always make sense. It shouldn’t all be on women; men need to pitch in to act as effective allies and help solve the problem. Read more…

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