Women 'More Misogynistic Than Men' On Twitter

​According to a new study

Twitter: once the future of news reporting, barometer of civic mood and playground for inventive comedy and self-expression is, as we all know, little more than a playground of bored bullies these days.

Particularly if you happen to be a woman, as the never-ending stream of death threats and abuse aimed at female politicians, celebrities, journalists or just anyone who happens to stumble into the public eye attests.

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But while this abuse is generally accredited to men sat in fetid bedrooms somewhere angry they can't get a girlfriend, a new study by a social intelligence company called Brandwatch is claiming that misogyny on Twitter is marginally more likely to be perpetuated by other women.

They looked at 4 million public tweets and assessed the kind of language being used, before concluding that 52% of misogynistic tweets were actually authored by women.

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The report, named 'Masculinity and Misogyny in the Digital Age', looked for the use of derogatory words like 'bitch', 'slut' etc. and concluded: "Females were found to be the largest perpetrators of misogynistic language."

Misogyny remains, of course, a huge problem among men on Twitter, as does homophobic abuse for which men were found to be guilty far more often.

Was there anything positive to come out of Brandwatch's findings? Perhaps only this: "The data shows that discussion of misogyny has consistently grown since June 2014 and has far overtaken the use of misogynistic language across the Twitter platform."

Increased discussion of misogyny – in particular the brilliant work being done by women to raise awareness of the abuse they face online – can only help us get closer to wiping it out for good.