The skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn has recently become a target of cruel body shamers
Lindsey responded with this lengthy Facebook post and inspiring message of body positivity
Even though Lindsey’s post is an opportunity to celebrate a strong, independent person who doesn’t allow anonymous haters to feed artificially simulated insecurities, this whole situation is yet another example, another tip of a really worrisome iceberg. The iceberg is also known as online culture which, as this story illustrates, is full of verbal abuse and violence. And to be more precise—violence against women.
It takes many forms, but online harassment is one of them. For example, according to a fact sheet released by the European Commission in 2019, 1 in 10 women in the European Union has experienced online harassment.
And since then, as COVID-19 has gripped the world, the intensity of online abuse towards women has far from decreased. “Online violence is a public health issue and the effects are very detrimental. It results in physical, sexual, psychological, or economic harm, and erodes self-esteem,” says Cecilia Mwende Maundu, a broadcast journalist and a specialist in gender digital safety.
To fight it, we must keep on addressing the issue and analyzing similar cases in order to stop the ongoing normalization of online anonymous hate accelerating in any form. As M. Maundu adds: “First, we need public awareness. Even when I talk to my friends, many of them say online violence is no big deal. People need to understand this is real; that it’s real violence with real impacts. And sometimes it moves from online to offline.”
Therefore, cheers to Lindsey for being strong and showing everyone an example of how not to let these parasitic trolls thrive on making people feel bad. But the battle is not yet finished.
The athlete also shared snapshots of harsh comments shaming her appearance
And people praised Lindsey for putting it all out there
Look at me in a bikini! Look! She is a victim too!
Internet harassment! Internet violence!
Body wise, she is an athlete and is indeed a very beautiful woman. From what I can read from het post though, I am not sure she is in such good shape and beautiful when it comes to her self esteem and social intelligence. Maybe she should start to work on herself instead of wasting time arguing with jealous unknown people.