Women who criticize sexist actions are often dismissed as being (too) emotional. This simultaneously denies the validity of the (quite legitimate) emotional upset caused by the incident, blames the victim for being hurt by sexist behaviour, and labels them as irrational, a slur that carries weight in the logic-valuing areas of geekdom.

A person who raises concerns about objectionable behaviour may be

  • accused of being hypersensitive or humourless;
  • told that they are overreacting;
  • written off as hysterical or imbalanced.


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