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Dear Trolls: Here’s Your Sammich!

Troll DetectorDear Trolls,

As some of you are aware, today many people on Twitter are taking the opportunity to #TellAFeministThankYou. Most of us are thanking feminists for things like the fact that it’s socially acceptable for us to wear pants out to dinner, or for the hard work they do campaigning for women’s health and safety, or for the way they support and inspire other feminists.

And of course, you’ve joined the party to impart your wisdom, which consists mostly of “why don’t you go make me a sammich?” And feminists all over the Internet are laughing our asses off. After all this time, is that really the best you can come up with?

It’s sad and pathetic and all that, but if I’m honest, I owe you my thanks. You, Trolls, and people who think like you, are one of the reasons this site exists. And I certainly have you to thank for its name, don’t I? It’s absolutely perfect and I wouldn’t have it if you weren’t so gosh darned clever!

So, thank you, Trolls, for being what you are—an ever-present object lesson wherever one is needed. A perfect illustration of why we must keep fighting. Not because you exist (because you’re pathetic); not because of the things you say (because mostly they don’t matter). It’s because you breed. Your hatred breeds. You poison young minds—male and female—against each other, against themselves. Your anonymous mob-mentality is contagious and sometimes deadly. And when the real Anonymous big boys and girls go after one of you and out you to the world, I can’t feel sorry for you even when you beg for their forgiveness and say it was all a joke and you never meant any harm. We as a society have to put your like in the middle of town square in stocks and throw rotten fruit until bored, sad, unimaginative, cruel people like you learn that this behavior won’t be tolerated.

Keep showing up, by all means. Keep harassing women on the Internet and showing the rest of us what the worst of us look like. But don’t expect us to tolerate you. I won’t ignore you any longer, and given the chance, I’ll expose you. And if I don’t, someone else will.

Oh, and here’s your sammich:

Troll Sammich

13 responses

  1. orangeblorenge

    Thank you as always Rosie!! I’m having sort of a marathon read of your blog today and it is bliss. :)

    January 19, 2015 at 1:42 pm

  2. Perfect!

    March 2, 2013 at 7:35 am

  3. Evisceratus

    Your right about one thing the endless make me a sammich meme doesn’t accomplish anything, but make people laugh, because it is a joke. It was always a joke. Sometimes a hurtful joke, but still a joke. If triumphing over a meme is the extent of your victories I am suddenly less worried for the sons of Mars as the daughters of Venus seem to be incapable of distinguishing meme from threat.

    The part where your wrong is that the trolls spamming sammich are in anyway responsible for the inequality that exists between men and women. Is the 14 year old on dota 2 determining why his female employees make 75 cents on the dollar compared to his male employees? No

    I am supposed to believe that he is poisoning the minds of our youth please he is the youth and not the brightest youth at that.

    Men and Women are competing for the same jobs and the same money and men who are currently in the stronger entrenched position are looking out for each other. Women are not doing likewise for whatever reason. This is the same case politically. Women are not standing together. A house divided cannot stand and yours isn’t.

    That’s the real sammich and it is bitter.

    February 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  4. EPIC sammich pic!!!

    February 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

    • Fran Stewart

      Yes. I’m definitely gonna use that as an icon somewhere.

      February 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  5. hilarious!

    February 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

  6. Pat MacEwen

    I mostly hear from climate change denial trolls, who almost routinely tell me what a rotten scientist I am, or must be, or how I can’t actually be a scientist because I’m female and/or I disagree with their hidebound ideas. It’s usually a very short trip from “You’re wrong” to a raft of ad hominem attacks (“You’re stupid/ignorant/lying/naive/dishonest/deluded/hysterical etc.), often a single word or sentence.

    I’ve learned to laugh at them, tho the temptation to smack a few upside the head does return from time to time.

    IMHO, trolls who feel the need to attack women are inadequate males who are desperate to conceal their lack of manliness. Like wife-beaters, they can only gain a sense of control or even, really, equality by degrading the other gender at every opportunity. A troll, in this sense, just isn’t a real man because the real thing doesn’t have to prove it. He just is.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:37 am

    • Hear, hear, Pat!

      February 13, 2013 at 3:06 am

    • I’m all for laughing at them. And pointing. And throwing fruit! :)

      February 13, 2013 at 3:11 am

  7. Melanie

    I had a troll come after me on my blog. I outed him for being ever so very much like the Donkey I write about. He called me despicable. I called him an angry reader. He’s gone. Thank goodness.

    February 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    • Good for you. I haven’t had a lot of trolls here, and most of them just drop a load of shit and never come back, which is fine with me. But it’s also fine if they want to come here and provide clear examples of how not to behave on the Internet. :)

      February 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  8. JackieP

    Well said!

    February 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    • Thanks, Jackie! <3

      February 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

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