Here is the article Ella Dawson wrote about her experiences as a target of some of the most hateful rhetoric on the internet.Thank you, @HillaryClinton, for reading. I'm incredibly moved. To be accurate, I'm ugly crying. #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/kt5tAVWrFX— Ella Dawson (@brosandprose) September 6, 2016
She wrote honestly about living with an STD.
Over the last two years, I’ve become something of an Alt-right meme. “Free speech activist” Mike Cernovich has tweeted about me at least three times to his 91,000 Twitter followers, each mention resulting in a wave of sickening, abusive tweets sent directly to my cell phone. Even if Mike’s tweets weren’t all that upsetting (a five-year-old could come up with something better than “Ugly and has herpes”), the ones his followers sent me were pretty scarring. Let’s just say that they’re fond of the c-word.
When I created an STD Awareness Month campaign called #ShoutYourStatus with some of my friends earlier this year, it caught the eye of the editor at large of InfoWars, Paul Joseph Watson. He recorded a five-minute YouTube video screaming about how vile we were. “I don’t think we should be that surprised that feminists are bragging about their STDs,” Watson concludes. “After all, they’re so fat and ugly, the mere fact that they’re having any kind of sex at all is a massive achievement.”
It goes on, and gets even uglier, from there.
You know I get my fair share of trolls here on IM, and on Twitter.
However I am me, and I know that if any of these candy asses were in the same room with me they would lower their eyes and stare at the floor in the hopes that I would not notice them.
However women have a much tougher time of it. For some reason men feel that they are every woman's superior and that they can humiliate them, victimize them, and ridicule them without fear of any repercussions.
And on the internet that is exacerbated by the anonymity which it provides.
That is why Hillary Clinton's presidential run has faced some of the ugliest, most hateful comments, that one can imagine.
It is not because she is a Democrat. It is not because she is a politician. And it is not because she used a private server, the Benghazi attack happened on her watch, or she coughs too much.
It is because she is a woman.
Which I find odd because I have worked with women my entire adult life, and I have NEVER found their gender to interfere with their productivity, professionalism, or ability to relate to their coworkers.
And I will tell you what, I cannot think of ANY man who would openly write about having herpes on the internet.
So rather than feel that this woman should be the subject of ridicule I am actually incredibly impressed with her honesty and her courage.
Perhaps that is what upsets certain men about this young lady and our Democratic nominee. They have the honesty and courage which they themselves are lacking entirely.