A Reclaim The Internet campaign has begun in the U.K. Studies are showing a significant amount of abuse, offensive language and statements, and hate prevalent on the internet. According to Brandwatch.com, the words “slut” and “whore” were tweeted more than 3,000 times per day for the month of May. There were 62,968 mentions of “slut” and 39,168 mentions of “whore” during May.
In a maybe not so shocking reveal, it appears women are tweeting the words at almost double the rate of men. Female tweeters used “slut” and/or “whore” 61.3% of the total, men 38.7%.
Is this something that needs to be taken seriously? Are these words becoming “casual” or is the internet creating an unfiltered environment, that needs to be addressed?
Paul Levinson, a Professor of Communications and Media Studies at Fordham University gives his input on the issue.