“Fuck this dumb cunt.”
“I hope your dog gets hit by a car you bitch.”
“Hopefully this skank Julie DiCaro is Bill Cosby’s next victim. That would be classic.”
That’s just a small sample of the type of tweets and comments that women in, well, women everywhere, but particularly those in the media, get on a daily basis. Maybe more so than anywhere else when it comes to women covering the traditionally “masculine” field of sports. In this video #MoreThanMean, a pair of sportswriters, Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro, have some of the types of replies they get on Twitter read to them by unsuspecting men, who appear to not be aware of what they signed on for. For most of them, it’s difficult to get through. “I’m having trouble looking at you while I read this,” one says.
“I hope your boyfriend beats you.”
“Why bring up your own rape in this story? Is it your way of firing back at critics who said you can’t get any?”
The video, which has gotten over 100,000 views in the past two days, which doesn’t seem like enough frankly, was put together by the people at the podcast Just Not Sports.
“In reading the statements out loud to women journalists, guys are forced to experience, sometimes for the first time, the shocking online harassment happening to women in sports day in, day out,” they explained of the project. “It serves as proof most sports fans would NEVER say these things to another person—so we shouldn’t type this garbage, either.”
There’s a pretty simple message here: If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it to them online.