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Amy Guth Wants To Tackle Women's Harassment Online In New Documentary Series

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 16, 2015 5:05PM

Amy Guth, photo via her website
For her next project, Amy Guth—current WGN radio host and former RedEye general manager—is tackling the online harassment of women in a documentary, and she's looking for your help to make it. Guth just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund this ambitious project, and it's already raised close to $8,000 towards its goal of $48,000.

According to Guth the project will be, "an episodic documentary (that means you don't have to wait for the whole thing to be finished, since it will be released in episodes) about harassment and civility in the online world, how it relates to women and how some women are fighting back."

This is a subject that cannot receive enough attention, so we're looking forward to a multi-part series that will attempt to shed light on this difficult topic. And Guth intends to approach the topic from a variety of angles. Guth says:

For the documentary, I’ve begun talking with women (and some men) about this important issue, and quickly, important stories are emerging. Among the questions episodes will raise: what is the range of online harassment and what forms does it take? Where else in history have we seen a similar narrative around shutting public voices down? Is the idea of avoiding online conversations that might become heated actually dangerous? Who harasses people online and why? Who thinks it’s perfectly ok and defends the practice? Who is doing work to change it? And, what’s actually working? In other words, there’s a lot here, and I aim to look deeply into this complex issue. I’m in search of causes and solutions. Because I believe our online lives can and should be better.

Here's her pitch:

Recently Guth made waves in local media for tracking the #GuthGauntlet; her late night walks from work through the River North neighborhood.