Kelly the Culinarian: Why the Internet is Still a Cesspool for Women

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Why the Internet is Still a Cesspool for Women

Because when you're feeling fly and post a selfie on Instagram:



You get texts from people you've never seen before. And you decide to fight back. And this happens:




Send me your wife? So the rules of the internet are: hide your face or brace yourself for creepers, because if you're cute, you owe it to them. I especially like this person, who did not follow me nor has ever interacted with me before, wanted me to go away after he didn't get the results he was after.

And this is just the Internet - these people exist in real life, too. These are the same people who believe women are asking for it or shouldn't dress a certain way if they don't want to be treated poorly (but careful, don't dress too frumpy, either, or you won't be taken seriously).

So this post is dedicated to all those people. The guy on the subway when I lived in DC who followed me from seat to seat. The one who couldn't make eye contact with me when I gave a presentation at a conference. Or that one who mansplained to me about how to Internet, shortly after I won social media person of the year. Or the guy at the forest preserve who followed me to my truck when I wouldn't give him my phone number after a run.

Here's to you.



(Side note: Go google "women in business meme" to try and find an image to go with this post, and you'll see exactly what the Internet thinks about women.)

4 comments:

Maggie Wolff said...

https://www.facebook.com/DismantleMisogyny/photos/a.208944692619207.1073741828.208674125979597/633194403527565/?type=3&theater

Anne said...

I don't want to say that crap like this is why most of my accounts are private, because it's not. But it's a happy side effect that I don't have random weirdos sending me gross messages. Ugh, sorry. Love the way you and your dude decided to respond though!

Alyssa Kurt said...

Can you reverse google search his profile image so you can shame him on the internet?

Kelly Mahoney said...

I don't think I care enough, but probably. I looked him up on Instagram and he's some dude from Instanbul who only posts selfies. Double standard much?