One of the most popular segments on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is unquestionably "Mean Tweets," where we all get to point and guffaw at celebrities reading the shitty comments hurled at them by Twitter uses with egg avatars.
But for female journalists, namely sportswriters, the negative feedback they're inundated with isn't just "mean," it's life-threatening. Their online detractors don't comment about their acting abilities or albums — instead, these women are constantly told that they should get raped or killed, simply because they exist and because they do their jobs.
For this reason, Just Not Sports produced an emotional video called "#MoreThanMean — Women in Sports 'Face' Harassment." In it, two female sports reporters — Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro — have some of their worst tweets read back to them by every day men, who don't know the awfulness they're about to read. They can barely get through them, but when they do, they are nearly reduced to tears.
Here are just some of the comments, and the men's reactions:
Sadly, it's not just these two journalists who have to deal with unbridled sexism online. Many female journalists are all too familiar with online abuse from egg avatars and people with usernames like risingpatriot69. #Clever. #Original.
The bottom line is that this problem extends far beyond sports journalism.
Female journalists face disproportionately high levels of online harassment. A recent investigation by The Guardian into their own comments section found that articles written by women received more blocked comments (i.e. "abusive or disruptive" comments) than articles written by men.
Articles written by women in male-dominated sections of the site — namely sports and technology — had the highest number of blocked comments.
So if you happen to be an angry egg avatar, or a baldeagle69, think before you tweet, asshole.
You can watch the full video below: