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Authors

Jill Filipovic

Abstract

In early March 2007, The Washington Post published a front-page article titled "Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web: Law Students Feel Lasting Effects of Anonymous Attacks."1 It detailed an online message board called AutoAdmit, wherein anonymous posters leave hundreds of comments every day about law school admissions, top schools, and law firms-along with sexualized and sexually aggressive comments about female law students, whose pictures are regularly posted for commenters to evaluate. All of the women quoted in the article asked to remain anonymous out of fear that the posts on the message board might have negative consequences for their employment prospects. The article hit a nerve-because I was one of the women whose pictures and personal information were posted on AutoAdmit.

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