From the article:
The anonymity of the Internet provided both creepy jerks and budding bitches, and of course I mean that in the best possible sense, the anonymity to shed any pretense of social graces. We, the clever, bookish budding women of the new millennium, reveled in the newfound knowledge of our own ability to both take it and dish it out from the comfort of our parents’ living rooms and our ineptly firewalled school libraries. What we didn’t yet have the emotional wherewithal to say to the creepy jerks in our classrooms, in our school books, in our daily lives, we instead spewed at strangers trying to find out if we were wearing a school uniform (thanks for that one, Britney Spears!). It was on the Internet that I learned that I can think faster, keep calmer, and bite back harder than anyone screaming that I was a stupid slut for rejecting their advances. It was on the Internet that I learned that inherent underestimations of my strength and intelligence can be some of my greatest assets.
Read more at Persephone Magazine.