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Amy Schumer Takes On Online Verbal Abuse Of Women

Perhaps a rape/murder emoticon to conserve those 140 characters?

Last night's Inside Amy Schumer yielded this amazing segment about violent tweets directed at women.

Framed around a tech web show (powered by Gawker, of course) the clip shows a female Twitter exec touting their latest addition: the "I'm gonna rape and kill you" emoticon.

Turns out this emoticon bypassed a "You're fat" emoticon because misogynist twitter users wanted flexibility in how they spell "You're."

Besides, "what's the point of using the anonymity of the internet to just call someone fat, when you can also make them feel physically threatened?"

The clip is spot-on satire. And in case you missed it, the real story without satire has been viral, thanks to this video from the #MoreThanMean movement. The Youtube shows regular guys reading violent web comments in front of the women who received them.

This video is hard to watch and not work-safe. The men who were asked to participate are visibly shaken by the words they are asked to read to a real woman sitting across from them.

It's good to see social media used to fight back against online harassment.


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