Book Review by Rachel Dortin
Wayne State University

Conclusion: Called to Action

Poland’s work initiated a necessary conversation surrounding cybersexism and harassment in the digital realm. Through her personal experiences coupled with that of other women, Poland introduced her reader to the degree and severity with which cybersexism occurred. Perhaps the most important outcome of Poland’s work was her activist call to action; she introduced and invited academics to participate in the changes that would draw attention to and prevent cybersexism. Instead of cynicism toward the misogynistic nature of the internet, Poland remained hopeful; she reminded her audience that, “those of us with the power to do research, educate others, enforce consequences, and build safer spaces have a responsibility to do so. The Internet is our home, but it was not built with women in mind. It’s time for some serious remodeling” (p. 252). Poland’s monograph uniquely emphasized the personal over the academic. She encouraged her reader to use their positions as writers, researchers, and educators to affect change and make the internet a safe and inviting space. Haters was an accessible read filled with relevant examples and important suggestions written for anyone who spends time online. Haters was most valuable for its call to action: we have a responsibility to use our research and publications to structure a constant discourse against harassment, violence, and abuse in the online sphere and any initiated discourse must result in change.