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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Houston resident kamichat is on the board of directors for a non-profit aiming to combat cyber-bullying, and says for International Women's Day this year she wants to call attention to online hostility towards women and girls. "Unfortunately, this is one of the most common types of bullying we see," she says.
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    When women make a mistake online, they open themselves to attacks of the most personal nature. Consider revenge porn and even mainstream sites like Gawker. Women are routinely talked about in the most objectifying way possible, with crude comments about their anatomy and sexuality, just because they did something questionable, sent a photo to a supposed trusted boyfriend or became notable in some way. Men don't suffer as much from these types of sexualized attacks.

    For instance, when I had just given birth to one of my kids, I announced it to friends on Twitter, which at the time was my main social network (today it is Facebook). Along with the well wishes and other messages from friends was a man who asked if he could breast feed. It was a bit jarring, to say the least.

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