Novelist Celeste Ng has been dealing with racist and sexist harassment online for years.
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Novelist Celeste Ng has been dealing with racist and sexist harassment online for years.
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If you're a sexist internet troll, Celeste Ng might tell your mom

Many of us use social media in our personal and professional lives, but did you know that online harassment is on the rise?

That’s according to studies done by Pew Research Center in 2014 and 2017. Bet you can’t guess who gets more online harassment targeted around their identities...

(...if you guessed women, LGBTQIA+ folks, and people of color, then you're right.)

These online harassers don’t just make physical threats. They often use their target’s race and gender to make their comments specific and especially ugly.

Bestselling author Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere) knows this well. Over the past four years, she’s been subjected online harassment related to being an Asian-American woman who married a non-Asian man.

These trolls go after her child, too. 

On this episode of Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace, Eula Scott Bynoe and Jeannie Yandel introduce you to Ng, and tell you how she handled her online harasser. We have so many tactics to push back against online harassment that we're breaking this episode into two parts (the second drops tomorrow). 

Click the play button above to hear the full episode. BTSW is also available on your favorite podcast app.

This episode of Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace was hosted by Eula Scott Bynoe and Jeannie Yandel. It was produced and edited by Caroline Chamberlain Gomez.