Women scholars’ experiences with online harassment and abuse: Self-protection, resistance, acceptance, and self-blame:

Published on Dec 1, 2018in New Media & Society4.80
· DOI :10.1177/1461444818781324
George Veletsianos6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Royal Roads University),
Shandell Houlden1
Estimated H-index: 1
(McMaster University)
+ 1 AuthorsChandell Gosse1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UWO: University of Western Ontario)
Although scholars increasingly use online platforms for public, digital, and networked scholarship, the research examining their experiences of harassment and abuse online is scant. In this study, we interviewed 14 women scholars who experienced online harassment in order to understand how they coped with this phenomenon. We found that scholars engaged in reactive, anticipatory, preventive, and proactive coping strategies. In particular, scholars engaged in strategies aimed at self-protection and resistance, while often responding to harassment by acceptance and self-blame. These findings have important implications for practice and research, including practical recommendations for personal, institutional, and platform responses to harassment, as well as scholarly recommendations for future research into scholars’ experiences of harassment.
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