[INDOLOGY] How we talk to women online, an example from Indology

Audrey Truschke audrey.truschke at gmail.com
Fri Apr 5 19:05:36 UTC 2019

Dear Dr. Sauthoff,

Thank you very much for this. I found it edifying and enlightening.

All the Best,

Audrey Truschke
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Rutgers University-Newark

On Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 8:43 PM Patricia Sauthoff via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> I did a little analysis of two recent emails sent out on the list by the
> same sender. One email was in response to a male and the other to a female.
> Both emails were on the same topic and sent within a few minutes of one
> another.
> The male to male (MM) email used the second person "you" and the first
> person "I" in a 1:2 ratio.
> The male to female (MF) email used "you" to "I" in a 1:3.6 ratio.
> The first paragraph of the MM email directly addressed the previous email
> by a male academic.
> The first paragraph of the FM email reiterated a point that the male
> writer said previously, something that occurred more than once in the FM
> email.
> The MM email contained:
>  one instance of concern trolling
> one instance of an off-topic remark
>  several instances of aggressive wording.
> The MM email contained no obvious typos.
> The MF email contained:
> one instance of antagonistic wording
> at least two instances of passive aggressive wording
> two instances of concern trolling
> three instances of questioning the female list member's intellectual
> ability (aka gaslighting)
> two off-topic comments (one of which containing offensive and dismissive
> language)
> one instance of what could be perceived as a veiled threat.
> The MF email contained multiple obvious typos.
> Some definitions of the types of trolling women experience online can be
> found here:
> https://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a13403/online-harassment-terms-fight-back/
> I am not trying to call anyone out in particular but find it to be a good
> demonstration of how women are approached differently in online spaces.
> --
> Patricia Sauthoff
> Post-doctoral researcher
> AyurYog.org
> Department of History and Classics
> University of Alberta
> Edmonton, Canada
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