Internet Trolls and Patricia Arquette

Kathy Miller

In May of 1966, Marie Anderson, women’s editor of the Miami Herald, received a letter from an angry reader. It began politely enough (“Dear Miss Anderson”) then moved quickly to the point:marie anderson respond

It is people like yourself who are making it so easy for the government to take over even the smallest details of our lives. With your permission; and the governments; I will assume full responsibility for the training of my 14-year-old daughter!!

The next few paragraphs (starting with “I am so enraged” and “Mothers, Wake Up”) continued the barrage against Marie, complete with more exclamation points and underlines.

And that was what the harassment of feminists looked like 50 years ago. Handwritten on stationery. Signed by Mrs. Paul R. Turner, who could be reached at PO Box 1026 in Marathon, Florida. And responded to by Marie Anderson in a short and snarky return note:

Dear Mrs. Turner:


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About Deborah Klayman

Deborah trained at Drama Studio London and is co-founder of Whoop 'n' Wail Theatre Company. She is an actress, musician and voice artist represented by Nelson Browne Management Ltd. As an actor, Deborah has performed in the UK and overseas in a variety of theatre and film roles. She is also a talented cellist, singer and voice artist. Deborah was one of the Traverse Fifty playwrights, and won the Cambridge University Press "Channel The Bard" competition for My Bloody Laundrette, which she co-authored with Whoop 'n' Wail co-founder Ali Kemp. Ali & Deborah are Associate Performers at the Old Diorama Arts Centre in London. Their new full-length play, But For Us, is currently in development. View all posts by Deborah Klayman

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