Author: Brian Cauley
Brian Cauley is a Radio Host, Broadcaster, Artist and avid coffee drinker from Toronto. He can occasionally be heard on CBC Radio 3 as a Guest Host and is the Co-Host and Producer of fitness/nutrition Podcast Academy of Lions Radio. Brian is passionate about connecting with people and making stuff that is inspirational. He also likes to ride bikes and lift heavy things. Check out his website.
I'm reading online comments in Broken Pencil's Deathmatch, a tournament-style short-story competition, and I'm getting fed up with hearing responses like, "he’s gonna mount you like a blow-up doll," and commenters calling others "sugar-tits." When my partner, Andrea Wrobel, was the only female writer to make it into the semi-finals I noticed that many of the comments became personal attacks against her and seemed to suggest she was too young and naïve for the competition. When other stories were criticized for sexism, misogyny, or promoting racial stereotypes those commenters were also personally attacked and authors were silent about the attacks and refrained from responding to the initial criticisms.