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I’m all for debate but being told to go home and shag my husband is hardly a gold-plated contribution

Tanya Sweeney


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Journalists are told to deny Internet trolls the oxygen of attention. But sometimes the jibes are difficult to ignore

Journalists are told to deny Internet trolls the oxygen of attention. But sometimes the jibes are difficult to ignore

Journalists are told to deny Internet trolls the oxygen of attention. But sometimes the jibes are difficult to ignore

A few years ago, the loveliness of a sunny Saturday afternoon was cut through with a call from one of my editors. “I just wanted to check in on you,” she said, her voice ominous, low and gravely serious. “Are you okay?”

I was flooded with panic. I had to think for a second to make sure no one close to me had befallen a huge tragedy, such was the concern in her voice. Had I accidentally libelled someone? Turns out that I had written a column — about the perennial attraction that older men have for women several decades their junior — and it had evidently hit a raw nerve with some Men on the Internet. The section below piece had been flooded with comments, few of them evidently unsparing in their disgust for me.


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