Apr 032013
 

One thing I have noticed about many of the articles that have been written about the whole Adria Richards situation is that they either explicitly or implicitly try to communicate that there is some sort of misogynist internet troll army or MRA internet troll army.  (This is a good example, and so is this.)

The reality is that this is a myth.  The truth is the internet trolls that went after Adria Richards have no connection to the MRM (or the tech industry) and can’t seriously be called anti-feminist much less misogynist.  The trolls came from places like 4chan and amorphous groups like Anonymous.  Anyone can claim affiliation with 4chan or Anonymous, so every and any point of view will be represented by those groups (if they are even cohesive enough to be called groups).  4chan and Anonymous will go after anyone that any of its “members” feels like going after.  For example, 4chan recently spread fake rumors that Justin Bieber raped a 13 year old girl so as you can see internet trolls go after anyone, not just women.  Anonymous has gone after anti-feminists so no one can honestly say that Anonymous is opposed to feminism.

It’s important to be aware of this information because feminists will use internet trolls as an example of an army of misogynists abusing women over the internet ignoring that internet trolls do the same thing to everybody.  We need to counter this myth that internet trolls are some sort of adjunct army of the MRM (or misogyny in general) whenever it comes up.

  9 Responses to “The Myth Of The MRA Internet Troll Army”

  1. “The truth is the internet trolls that went after Adria Richards have no connection to the MRM (or the tech industry) and can’t seriously be called anti-feminist much less misogynist.”

    How on earth is that even remotely provable?

    • They go after anyone and everyone from Justin Bieber to anti-feminists like Judgy Bitch. Those aren’t the actions of MRAs.

    • While MyFirstNameIsSteven has a very valid point, it is more due to a poor choice of words in the blog post than anything else. The fact is that while noone can guarantee that every one of the trolls have no affiliation with the MRM, the fact is that far from endorsing such groups of individuals, the MRM openly, and completely, denounces them.

  2. PMAFT,

    Even if no-one trolled them, they’ll still make up stories of threats from supposed MRAs. We know that feminists lie about everything that they can, in order to look like continual victims.

    So, either way, we shouldn’t care. I don’t care what anyone may say to a feminist. I don’t care if anyone threatens a feminist. I just have not an ounce of care for anything that happens to a feminist at all.

    • Yes, but if you go to /b/ on 4chan, there are people talking about going after Adria Richards so there is enough evidence that internet trolls went after her that feminists can use. The feminist lie here is not that internet trolls went after Adria Richards. It’s that internet trolls are targeting women in a campaign of misogyny. When it needs to be addressed, we need to use the facts about how internet trolls operate.

    • in order to look like continual victims to get government funding and lenient application of the law made valid only for women
      Heh, I can’t wait for more victims of female bullying to turn up,
      after all, men are “guilty and damaged” while women are “mischievous and misunderstood”.

  3. the vast majority of 4chan, most especially /b/ (the random board) are all over the map when it comes to whatever viewpoint any human being can hold. far left, far right, extreme racism, gore and snuff, porn, stupidity, remarkable profundity, child pornography, whatever. it would be a mistake to try and pin them down as having any set ideals. they are not crusaders of morality in any sense, they’re just bored kids with enough understanding of computers to pull off these stunts.

    it was fun to read until every other post was some lame bullshit about pokemon or shitty anime. now I’m too old for 4chan. no regrets.

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