Why I Didn’t Read the Comments on my Salon.com Article

Originally posted on Susie Meserve:

The Internet trolls were out to get me, but I got away. Troll painting by Theodor Kittelsen via Google Image Search

The Internet trolls were out to get me, but I got away. Troll painting by Theodor Kittelsen via Google Image Search

Amazingly, if I do say so myself, I managed not to read the comments on my Salon.com article that came out over the weekend. This was purely self-preservation. The editor had warned me that people would write copious and awful things in response because the subject matter is controversial (being jealous of other women when I already have one beautiful, perfect kid? What’s wrong with me?), and I knew she was right. In fact, before consenting to have the essay published, I thought long and hard, again, about whether I wanted to put that piece of myself out in the world. And I decided I did, but that I would make every effort to resist reading the comments. And so, while I did glance obsessively at the stats (how…

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