Aditi: Anybody here?
Michelle: Just on for a minute—gotta meet with Gwen soon. I’m betting it’s to discuss how KICK ASS your Jezebel article was, and how we can leverage that for your release! *does happy dance* It’s at nearly 250K views now!
Aditi: I am still in shock.
Elli: Congrats! That is SO awesome!
Taneesha: I needed the good news. Totally made my day.
Aditi: Is it getting any better, T?
Taneesha: Well, the dead animals seem to be waning, so that’s something.
Aditi: I think I know how that feels. The hate mail started last night.
Taneesha: Jesus. I’m sorry.
Elli: Oh, God. That’s terrible. I’ve been reading Ruby’s mail. The stuff she’s getting . . . I can barely deal with it.
Taneesha: What’s going on with Ruby?
Elli: There are all these men that hate her because she dresses up but is in a wheelchair. You would not believe the stuff they call her. Like ugly—which she *totally* isn’t—and then rude stuff like calling her a “fucking cripple.” It’s seriously vomitous.
Elli: Some of them even say things like she ought to be grateful they’re willing to rape her. What is wrong with people?
Christina: The only thing wrong with some people is they haven’t been killed yet IMO >:( sorry I’m late here
Aditi: I stopped reading the comments on Jezebel. And those are moderated, right? The real whack-jobs are the ones finding me on Twitter. And emailing me. I am not even looking at my inbox—I have hundreds of messages.
Christina: Fuuuuuck are you kidding me?
Taneesha: Have they started sending you anything? Delivery food, dead stuff?
Christina: Dead stuff??? WTF???
Michelle: I still can’t believe the police won’t do anything until somebody gets hurt.
Taneesha: Guys . . . I’m scared. Like, legit scared. Somebody took pictures of me going to work recently. I thought it was just gonna be a blip, like a couple guys getting pissed. We’ve all been trolled at one point, right? But this is some next level ish.
Elli: That is terrible! How scary! What is WRONG with these people?
Michelle: How do you know it’s recent? How recent?
Taneesha: Anyway, I was sorta pissed, so spur of the moment, I changed up my look. Wanted to show them I wasn’t going to be fucked with, you know? Feel my power. Go Queen Bey. Because I was feeling really puny. Didn’t even want to talk to anybody about it. Not even you guys. (Sorry.)
Elli: It’s okay. I feel that way sometimes, too. Introverts unite. :/ I bet you look awesome, though! I mean, it still sucks. But you probably look fantastic.
Taneesha: Later. Point is, somebody already took a picture and fucking sent it to me, Photoshopped with my throat slit. Outside my fucking work.
Elli: OH MY GOD. Call the police again!! How could they possibly think this isn’t enough?
Christina: And your work isn’t doing anything?
Taneesha: What are they going to do? Other than make snarky remarks about how I shouldn’t take time off to go to the hairdresser or ask me out? Jesus.
Christina: What. The actual. Fuck. What about the asshole who posted about it on Reddit? Is he even sorry?
Taneesha: I don’t know. I doubt it. I haven’t played WoW since I got doxed, because I’m afraid I’ll run into people who are looking for me because of that whole thing. Don’t much want to be on social media at this point, either.
Elli: Hugs and more hugs, sweetie. :( I wish there was something I could do. Is there anything I can do? I mean, I’d be a horrible bodyguard, obviously, but I can keep an eye out for psychos.
Michelle: That’s smart, steering clear on social media. Give them less of a target. They’ll find another outlet for outrage.
Christina: That’s bullshit! That’s the advice they always give—just get off the internet, don’t give them anything. And it’s obvious it’s moved beyond the internet. She’s getting fucking stalked in IRL.
Michelle: I KNOW that, Christina. I’m just saying, let it blow over. I hate to have to say it like this, but this is not the hill to die on. Let the misogynoir dickheads bluster, don’t throw gas on the fire and make them escalate.
Christina: Still a fucking bullshit answer
Michelle: I don’t want her to get hurt or worse. It’s easy to say “stand up” but there’s also SAFETY to think about.
Taneesha: I don’t want to get hurt, either. If anyone’s asking.
Christina: Again, I call bullshit. They’re just going to fuck with her until they think she’s beaten down. Then if she shows any sign of coming back they’ll start up again.
Taneesha: Thanks for cheering me up. /sarcasm
Christina: Sorry T but it’s the truth. They’re bullies. You have to stand up to bullies.
Taneesha: The fuck? Are you saying I’m being a coward, here?
Elli: Come on, guys, let’s not fight!
Christina: I’m saying that there’s got to be a way to strike back, even if the police are too stupid or too pussy to help you out.
Michelle: No! No. Not a good idea.