How Misogyny Went Viral
by Karla Mantilla
August 2015, 268pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3317-5
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Does the anonymity of the Internet make harassment of women different?

Gendertrolling arises out of the same misogyny that fuels other 'real life' forms of harassment and abuse of women. This book explains this phenomenon, the way it can impact women's lives, and how it can be stopped.

Designed to educate the general public on a popular and brutal form of harassment against women, Gendertrolling: How Misogyny Went Viral provides key insight into this Internet phenomenon. The book not only differentiates this violent form of trolling from others but also discusses the legal parameters surrounding the issue, such as privacy, anonymity, and free speech online as well as offering legal and policy recommendations for improving the climate for women online.

The analysis of social media and legal aspects of the book make it highly suitable as a reliable source to many modern classes. Additionally, increased awareness among the general and scholarly public of the phenomenon of gendertrolling would help galvanize widespread support for laws, policies, new online content provider protocols, and positive social pressure.


  • Combines the phenomenon of trolling and keen feminist insight to create a unique perspective on the treatment of women, male/female interaction, and online user interaction
  • Demonstrates what online rape and death threats have in common with street harassment, sexual harassment in the workplace, domestic violence, and date rape, showing the serious, harmful nature of this practice
  • Discusses what can be done to change laws and Internet policies to increase women's freedom of speech and safety online
Karla Mantilla is managing editor at Feminist Studies, an interdisciplinary women's studies journal. She was a collective member of off our backs, a news journal by, for, and about women. Mantilla has taught at George Mason University, Gettysburg College, McDaniel College, and the University of Maryland, College Park.


"Mantilla’s work is valuable . . . for gathering firsthand voices of gendertrolling victims about their experiences, reactions, and attempts to fight back. Furthermore, the author successfully contextualizes gendertrolling in the history of misogyny. By doing so, she persuasively argues that gendertrolling is not unique to digital experiences but is a new form of misogyny and abuse against women. She lists various recommendations for legal protections and strategies to fight against gendertrolling and generate solutions. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries."—Choice, February 3, 2016

"The contemporary issues addressed in the book are relevant to undergraduate and graduate instructors seeking to offer guidance in new media, prejudice, and the ethics of unrestricted 'free speech' in Internet environments. Each chapter can be taught independently, allowing for text-based questions and discussion in a small graduate-level seminar or a large undergraduate lecture. . . . Mantilla’s book has utility beyond the classroom settingbecause it contributes to a larger cultural conversation concerning the regulation of online sexist speech."—Sex Roles, June 7, 2017
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