Increasingly denounced, online violence against women is reaching alarming and unbearable heights, the subject at the heart of the punch documentary < em>I salute you bitch, by Léa Clermont-Dion and Guylaine Maroist.
It is absolutely necessary to see this film, which will not leave anyone indifferent, whether you are a man or a woman. What is most shocking is to realize that even though the problem of cyberviolence against women is much more denounced, it is still not really taken seriously.
Each story told is stunning. That of Laura Boldrini, ex-journalist and ex-MP for Italy, is particularly revolting. The first Italian woman to be appointed President of the Chamber of Deputies, she was harassed on social networks, in particular by an adversary who smeared her and tried to destroy her.
The elected official was ridiculed with a blow-up doll by former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Mayor Matteo Camiciottoli tweeted: “Let's send rapists to Boldrini to make her smile again.” All this is inconceivable, but very true.
“Now that women are more and more influential, says Ms. Boldrini, many men consider it too much.”
In a recent study by the Conseil du statut de la femme du Québec, several experts argue that this violence is indeed intended, consciously or not, to hinder the participation of women in the public sphere and in places traditionally reserved for men.
We want to restore the women in their place, relegating them to the private sphere or to the role of sexual partner.
As the whole from my female colleagues, I also receive misogynistic and degrading messages.
We must no longer keep silent and demand that it stop. For this, we must say it loud and clear, but also demand action from our elected officials. What are we waiting for to think about solutions?
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128