John Oliver on the Internet
…and why it’s a terrible place for women
John Oliver hits the nail on the head, yet again. This time he’s examining how vulnerable “any woman who makes the mistake of having a thought in her mind, and then vocalising it online” can be made to feel. He’s not talking about lame insults. He’s talking about threats, very personal, very graphic, that can make women fear for their safety. (Refer: “I’m going to stick an egg in your vaginal canal and punch it.”) He also looks at loophole-riddled laws around revenge porn. And if you still don’t think that’s enough to make you fear, he says, “well, congratulations on your white penis, because if you have one of those, you probably have a very different experience of the Internet”. Amen to that.