‘You’re Just A Silly Little Girl’ And Other Cliched Insults

Is She Really That Scary?
I’m getting fairly used to people criticising me.

Since I started actually publishing what I write at around eighteen instead of shyly locking it up in a drawer people have disagreed with it. When people actually started reading what I wrote around about the beginning of summer that is when they started getting nasty.

Typically its a criticism of my relative youth and expressing anger at the lack or opportunity for people my age to earn money or even gain respect for their opinions.

Some comments have been as erudite as ‘you’re boring’ or on a piece criticising the support for monarchy I wrote, one person’s response amounted to ‘I don’t agree with you and the monarchy didn’t immediately disintegrate when the article was published so you’re wrong’.

I normally just roll my eyes and challenge them to come up with a counter-argument a bit more persuasive than ‘Nah-Nah-Nah-Nah-NAH-Nah we’re the status quo’.

I also struggle to take any argument seriously when its author over-compensates for a weak grasp of punctuation with excessive use of ALL CAPS.

I’ve gotten off fairly lightly when it comes to internet insults. However, I am perhaps not the most well-known blogger out there and flying the flag for young people’s rights is a bit less controversial than promoting feminism.

However, as Helen Lewis Hasteley’s blog about the reality of sexist abuse online proved, it goes much deeper and much more insidious than ‘liberal’ society would have you believe.
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