End or reform Amnesty International's sexist "Troll Patrol" program.

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Amnesty International USA has launched a new campaign called Troll Patrol, which is described as a crowd-sourced program for tracking online abuse of women. This is evidently their top campaign now since it's the first thing you see when you go to their Web site. Yet nowhere do they explain why they think only women deserve protection from online abuse. Nor do they even claim that women experience more such abuse than men, either in the email announcing the campaign or in the page to which it links. (In fact, the Pew Research Center has found that just the opposite is true: http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/07/11/online-harassment-2017/#fnref-19049-2)

I wrote the organization asking for an explanation. Their response addressed neither of the above concerns, as you can read here: http://stripey7.blogspot.com/2018/04/amnesty-international-joins-fainting.html

Amnesty's program perpetuates the traditionalist framing of women as emotionally fragile, even while claiming to be particularly concerned with protecting human rights advocates in dangerous places, who almost by definition have to be people with exceptional resiliency. At the same time, it perpetuates the framing of men as not having any vulnerability. It thereby actually deters women from entering public space, especially online, while deterring men from talking about their victimization by implying that it doesn't happen or doesn't matter. Such messages are helpful for no one at all.

For these reasons I am calling on Amnesty to either rescind this program, or open it to address online abuse of people regardless of gender, while also opening the process to supporters so that there's transparency and clarity about how genuine abuse, such as credible threats of violence, is differentiated from hurt feelings.