Another day, another online harassment story. Sigh. A female video game reviewer, Alanah Pearce, receives death threats, rape threats and general online harassment for daring to have a vagina and also review video games for a living. The worst part of the story? The fact that the assholes threatening her on a daily basis are young boys. Young, adolescent, asshole boys. Because of course. So instead of shrugging it off or assuming nothing can be done to stop it, Alanah decided to contact the mothers of these little shits and tell them what their kids are really up to when they’re playing video games.
“A while ago, I realized that a lot of the people who send disgusting or overly sexual comments to me over the internet aren’t adult males”¦It turns out that mostly they’re young boys and the problem is they don’t know any better, so responding to them rationally didn’t resolve the situation. And it got to the point where their comments were starting to make me feel really uncomfortable.”
Lucky for Alanah, as easy as it is to threaten to rape someone online (I wish I were joking), it’s just as easy to find the person threatening to rape you on Facebook. It’s also quite easy to search through that kid’s Facebook friends, find a motherly-looking figure with the same last name among them, and, well, you get the idea. So Alanah did just that, and one mother even responded right away:
Sometimes young boys on Facebook send me rape threats, so I’ve started telling their mothers. pic.twitter.com/0Cbs81eXiE
”” Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) November 28, 2014
I’m gonna be honest here and admit I friggin’ love this story. I can’t help myself. The only crappy thing about it is that most of these moms probably won’t respond because they don’t have the “controversial” Messenger app and thus those messages will lie in their ‘Other’ folder for all Internet eternity. Whomp.
But that won’t stop Alanah from being a boss:
“It was just a way to try to reach a resolution, to productively teach young boys it’s not okay to be sexist to women, even if they’re on the internet. That they are real people and that there should be actual consequences for that.”