Gossiping Women: The Attacks on Mumsnet

This happens in laboratories too. A group of women discussing a work-related problem will be interrupted with casual, half-joking demands to ‘get back to work’ that would never happen to a group of male colleagues.


Today the website Mumsnet announced that it had come under various forms of electronic attack, and that one of its employees had been harassed offline. They are advising anyone who has an account with the site to change their passwords, and are contacting some members who have definitely been hacked. This has been linked to a Twitter account called DadSecurity, which announced it was attacking the site and also gloated about the offline harassment before it took place.

I’m not an expert in tech, but this situation doesn’t seem to need much knowledge of IT to understand. Given the name of the Twitter account, and the hassle which Mumsnet has had with anti-feminists in the past, this looks like a straightforward case of women being harassed because they dared to have a space of their own. There’s a continuum to be seen here with all sorts of denigration which the…

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