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The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy by Violet Blue

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4. Female Trouble

“I learned early that I had to work harder than the white kids and harder than the boys.”

—QUEEN LATIFAH

The term “driving while black” refers to the fact that African-American drivers in the United States are much more likely than white people to get pulled over or otherwise singled out by authorities simply on the basis of suspicion or just for harassment. The expression’s been adapted to refer to similar forms of prejudice, like “flying while Muslim,” and I think there needs to be a related term: “online while female.” Women are more likely than men to be singled out online for stalking, harassment, invasions of privacy, and threats of physical violence.

When a woman gets hacked, she’s got a lot more to lose, and if Mat Honan ...

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