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How to Be a Woman Online: Surviving Abuse and Harassment, and How to Fight Back

Nina Jankowicz

"An essential guide for women interested in standing up for a fairer, safer online world." Publisher's Weekly
"Timely." Booklist

When Nina Jankowicz's first book on online disinformation was profiled in The New Yorker, she expected attention but not an avalanche of abuse and harassment, predominantly from men, online.

All women in politics, journalism and academia now face untold levels of harassment and abuse in online spaces. Together with the world's leading extremism researchers, Jankowicz wrote one of the definitive reports on this troubling phenomenon.

Drawing on rigorous research into the treatment of Kamala Harris - the first woman vice-president - and other political and public figures, Nina also uses her own experiences to provide a step-by-step plan for dealing with harassment, abuse, doxing and disinformation in online spaces.

The result is a must-read for researchers, journalists and all women with a profile in the online space.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Apr 21st, 2022
  • Pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.10in - 5.40in - 0.60in - 0.40lb
  • EAN: 9781350267572
  • Categories: Women in PoliticsPolitical Process - Media & InternetInternet - Online Safety & Privacy

About the Author

Jankowicz, Nina: -

Nina Jankowicz is a Washington DC-based writer and analyst with a focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. She is currently a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Kennan Institute. Previously, she served as a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow, a role in which she provided strategic communications guidance to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Foreign Policy and others.
Nina received her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she was a Title VIII and FLAS scholarship recipient, and her BA in Russian and Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has lived and worked in Russia and Ukraine, and speaks fluent Russian and proficient Polish and Ukrainian. Nina was a 2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow.

Praise for this book

In this guide, a foreign affairs analyst discusses online abuse -- 'the norm for many women engaged in public discourse' -- and the ways women can protect themselves. - New York Times

A call to action for women who have experienced online abuse... the author's forthright, sometimes blisteringly witty tone makes for smart company... A successful codification of practical, occasionally fiery methods of protection and means of attack. - Kirkus

"A concise, functional handbook for women looking to combat online abuse... Jankowicz's advice is strategic, focused, and eminently usable, and her assertion that women need to be there to help one another while also fighting for change feels simultaneously supportive and motivational. This is an essential guide for women interested in standing up for a fairer, safer online world." --Publisher's Weekly

"A timely guide with a much-needed feminist lens." --Booklist

"Jankowicz manages to achieve a masterful literary stroke, forcing the reader to confront... very real and very uncomfortable questions. She provides readers with a mirror in which they can gaze and reflect on society today and the death or dearth (or both) of decency. It is nearly impossible in reading to not stop and ask yourself why such a book needs to be written in the first place-not its practicality or utility, but that in this day and age these behaviors are tolerated at all online (or in the real world)." --Diplomatic Courier

"A much-needed exploration of the horrific abuse she experienced and other women regularly receive in online and virtual spaces... The lines between disinformation, extremism, and online abuse are far from clear and, hopefully [the] book will spark conversation about behavior online, civility, transparency, and accountability." --Diplomatic Courier, Books to Watch in 2022

Solidly researched, informative, grounded, gritty, practical; as is Jankowicz and the women she knows and champions. - Kate Clanchy, UnHerd

Uses a combination of academic research, interviews and Jankowicz's own experience to outline a step-by-step plan for handling an inevitable part of being a woman, particularly a woman with another marginalized identity, online: harassment and abuse. - Katelyn Fossett, POLITICO's Women Rule

A succinct, eye-opening and infinitely useful guide to safely navigating the internet, the book offers clear, easy-to-follow advice on everything from how to shore up your online security to the best way to report unacceptable behaviour to the leading social media platforms. - Buzz Magazine

A relevant and useful book. - Irish Tech News

Timely, informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, How to Be A Woman Online must be considered basic and essential reading for female researchers, journalists and all other women having a profile in the online and social media space. Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, How to Be A Woman Online is and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library Contemporary Women's Issues & Media/Internet Political Issues collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, journalists, media professionals, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject. - Midwest Book Review

"As any woman who has ever had the temerity to voice an opinion on the internet knows, it is a toxic stew of misogyny, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence... In How to Be A Woman Online, Nina Jankowicz has built an essential toolkit which empowers us all to fight back and protect ourselves. We need a better internet, and this book is an important step in getting us there." --Alyssa Milano, Actor, Activist, and Author of 'Sorry Not Sorry'

"Nina Jankowicz's important work highlights the growing problem of abuse directed towards women online. The internet did not invent misogyny, but by amplifying aggressive speech directed at women, it is normalising it amongst the haters and making the experience of the victims worse. When social media is central to work life, as well as leisure time, women who are victims of online abuse find it almost impossible to protect themselves from it, but they shouldn't have to confront this alone. Nina Jankowicz once more highlights the consequences of the failure of major social media platforms to address the proliferation of abuse against women online." --Damian Collins, MP

"With precision and clarity, Nina Jankowicz has created an essential guide to survival for any woman who has the audacity to exist online... This book is an important primer not just for existing online as a woman, but it's a guide to thriving in those spaces, to feeling safe enough to take up room and to have opinions and to be bold in our careers and our lives. This book is part practical guide and part primer in letting you know you are not alone, that your voice and your opinions and your work are worth protecting and that yes, the internet belongs to you too. This book is an instant classic and a necessary read... This is the book I wish I had as a young writer and it's a book I'm so glad to have now." --Lyz Lenz, author of 'Belabored' (2020) and 'God Land' (2021)