Remember GamerGate? The controversy was one of several in the past few years that have prompted hand-wringing about the supposedly rampant abuse women receive on social media platforms like Twitter. Reports and stories describing the harassment women receive online now appear regularly in the media. Misogyny, patriarchy, and sexism are all blamed for fueling such behavior.
But as a recent study by Pew Research comparing Twitter users to the general public revealed, if the culture of Twitter is toxic, then some of the responsibility for it should presumably rest on its users. And as the study found, the most active Twitter users are left-leaning women who tweet about politics.