Thursday, June 28, 2012
Under Her Skin
One of the bloggers I follow, mouse, was recently insulted on her blog by an anonymous troll. The idiot called her "obese" -- even though mouse is completely normal in size.
After stewing over it for a while, mouse responded with a post expressing her strong feelings, all of which are warranted. (Her post is here.) In it, mouse explains how, even though she knows she isn't fat, the insult still stung her and made her feel bad.
It's terrible that strangers have the power to hurt us. When they target areas we worry about (e.g., our weight, appearance or femininity), their words are potent. Of course, we should try to slough off such comments, but that's easy to say and harder to do. A moron insulted me a few months ago with a snarky comment about my feet (on a post showing off nail-polish). Even though I knew he was wrong, it still bothered me, so my sympathy for mouse's emotions is strong.
Have you ever been insulted online? How did you handle it?