Originally Posted by Gibonius
Sadly, yeah. All it takes is your name popping up in the wrong forum and you can get attacked pretty viciously for a sustained period of time. It's pitiful, really.
She's probably being overdramatic or oversensitive, but all you need to do is read the comments of any well known female columnist, especially one who talks about progressive or feminist issues. There'll be all sorts of brutal shit.
Basically anyone who sticks their neck out is going to attract some cranks. I'm sure whatever she got is nothing compared to what shows up in Sarah Palin's email on a daily basis. You either have to ignore it or keep it to yourself.
I think these social justice types live for the trolls, though. If you look at their twitter/tumblr pages, they spend at least half of their time complaining about all the trolls that are attacking them. Anyone with any sense knows that this is the best way to ensure you will always have trolls. I think it enhances their feeling of being a victim, which in their mind is the best thing a person can be.