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“If your boyfriend likes the First Amendment, he’s probably a misogynist Internet troll”

August 14, 2014

Wisdom from the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University:

If you think your boyfriend might be an Internet troll, ask him:


3) “Which amendment in the Bill of Rights do you think is the most important?”

First: This could be a huge warning sign. Trolls cite the First Amendment as frequently as college application essays cite “The Road Not Taken.” They think that it gives them the right to verbally harass, stalk, and threaten whomever they want without any consequences. If your man picks the First Amendment, just ask him to explain what it means. If he thinks it means that “it’s a free country” and “people can say whatever they want,” tell him to go back to the playground he learned his politics from and find a new boyfriend.

Because the Bill of Rights and “Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies” go together like peanut butter and an oar, as my Advice Goddess friend, Amy Alkon, would say.

Since the author of the above, Samantha Allen, who describes herself as a “doctoral fellow” at Emory, shares my surname, I wondered if she was an in-law, so I googled her.

I didn’t find out whether or not she’s a distant cousin of my husband’s, but I sure did find out that she has a vagina.

On Sept. 13, 2013, the Daily Dot (where the above appeared) reported this:

Samantha Allen is a writer, a doctoral fellow at Emory University, and she just received a fellowship at the Kinsey Institute. She also recently crowdfunded a vagina.

Allen was born male and raised in a Mormon household. In 2007, she left the church. Last year, she began transitioning, and started hormones in November 2012. She officially changed her name earlier this year. On Sept. 16, she reached the $8,000 Indiegogo goal for her sex reassignment surgery, which will take place in April 2014.

She wrote about the emotions she experienced after the goal was reached, and the final physical piece of her transition was in place. Via email, Allen explained how asking the Internet to fund your vagina can also have unexpected consequences.

One “unexpected consequence” is that if you believe in freedom of speech, Samantha Allen will probably tag you for an Internet troll.

h/t: The College Fix

Posted by Charlotte Allen


  1. Heidi permalink

    The article is even worse than your highlight would suggest; the author also shudders at the thought of the Tenth and, of course, Second Amendments. Also, the author seems to think that women are incapable of trolling.

  2. PatrickH permalink

    The author does indeed think that women are incapable of trolling. Like so many men, he views women as fragile creatures needing the protection of men like him. Unfortunately, his sexism is masked, so to speak, by his crowd-funded vagina, so he gets away with his blatant male chauvinism.

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