The rarely talked about disgusting side of Women’s MMA on social media.
One would think that in 2017 people would be mature enough to conduct themselves in an adult way when interacting with others on social media. Sadly, this is not the case. Social media has turned into a cesspool of humanity and people are taking advantage of the anonymity it provides. It would be nice if people were held accountable for their threats or perverse behavior. The sad truth is, they aren’t.
While we often see MMA fighters getting into online wars with hack journalists who have never done a sit-up in their life, or a thirteen-year-old kid telling a world champion that they are a pussy; Nothing is as bad as what women in MMA have to deal with on a regular basis.
I’ve wanted to write this piece for a while, but I just didn’t have the energy to focus on such horrible people. I know that nothing will come out of it and all I am really doing is just spinning tires. After seeing my friend Julie Kedzie post what someone said to her on Instagram, I figured it was time to get writing.
Props to Julie for taking the Instagram message (Left) she got this morning, in stride. However, it’s sad that women have the mentality of, “Yeah, I’m just used to it by now.” Well, ladies, you shouldn’t have to get used to it.
Felice Herrig used to be very interactive with her fans on social media. These days, she won’t so much as even retweet someone. Bec Rawlings has changed her name on Facebook because the harassment has gotten so absurd. The list goes on and on.
What is it about the internet that makes people so disgusting and fearless? Maybe it’s the thought of being anonymous and having no repercussions for what you say. I wish I had the answer.
The worst is when, God forbid, a female fighter posts a photo displaying skin. Showing fans the weight cutting process or modeling in a photoshoot opens the proverbial floodgates. It’s like ringing a dinner bell for perverts. However, it is not an open invitation to treat women like trash.
It’s not even so much that these women can’t handle what is being said to them. It’s more along the lines of, they shouldn’t even have to deal with it in the first place. Literally, there is no excuse for any man to tell a woman what he would do to her. None.
I’d like to think as a human race we are better than this. Despite seeing people’s behavior every day online in it’s most grotesque form, their audacity still shocks me.
So, what is the solution? There is no solution. The threat is already out there and NOTHING is being done about it. Oh wow, you are suspending someone’s account? Thanks, Instagram. In the time it took you to process a complaint, the person has already created a new account and is telling someone how much they want to smell their feet.
Let’s just try and show decency towards our mothers, daughters, and sisters. It’s not really that hard.