The Difference Between Online Criticism and Hate
[Editor's Note: There's not that fine a line between constructive criticism and hurtful commentary online as Hems for Her discovered on a recent post. The clear distinction comes when people stop addressing the image or the words or the facts at hand and start attacking the person herself. I love the confidence with which she addresses the people who aim to take her down, who fail at their task when she refuses to bite at their words. --Mel]
"Hey alright!" I said to myself. "500 likes and loads of comments. That's pretty cool." So I looked at them, and while the majority of them were super positive and wonderful (these women clearly got the point), I was shocked and amazed at the vitriolic hate that spewed from the fingers of several women (many of them plus-sized themselves). I am paraphrasing here, but I promise I am not far from their exact words- the photos were lewd and disgusting, plus size women should never model anything, there was NO way I was a 1X, I have flabby arms, fat legs, and a gross ass, I should never be seen in public in a swimsuit.
Have you ever experienced this sort of hate on the Internet? What was your response?
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