Rapeglish. The Random Rape Threat Generator

Have you seen the Random Rape Threat Generator?

Just a warning before you go there that it “uses only real-life cyberhate received by real-life women. It contains extremely explicit, violent and racist content (as well as some truly heinous spelling and syntax).”

18 years of archived messages that have been sent to women are cut up and shuffled to make two automatic hateful generators. If you’re not impressed with your first hateful insult you can click the refresh button at the bottom of the page that reads, “the messages I get are rapier than that.” There’s a morbid black and satirical humour about it that really appeals to me but a sad and disturbing element aswell.

It’s an interesting experience using it because they’re the kind of messages women receive all the time and it makes you realise how impersonal and generic they are. It’s not about you as an actual individual but you as a woman. It could be the same person sending them out to every single woman but it’s not. It’s different men sending them out to different women but they’re perpetuating the same ideology.

It’s a clever awareness raising exercise;

“Many people are not aware of the prevalence and noxious nature of contemporary misogyny online. The reality, however, is that cyber violence against women and girls (cyber VAWG) has become so ubiquitous, the United Nations warns that, left unchecked, it risks producing a 21st century ‘global pandemic’.”

I’m also impressed by how this generator breaks a very unhelpful silence  and shame surrounding gendered violence.

“Regardless of the context, sexual violence and abuse is often surrounded by an insidious, oppressive, and toxic silence. Victim-blaming and shaming is endemic. The latter is generated not only by outsiders, but by women internally, in that those who have suffered abuse frequently blame and shame themselves for the harm others have caused them.

Silence tends to protect perpetrators, to obscure larger social problems, and to serve as a petri dish for the cultivation of shame.

While speaking publicly is not for everyone, under the right circumstances, it can benefit not only the speakers, but the listeners, as well. This site joins the broad (and often extremely fraught) feminist project of speaking out about gendered violence in all its forms.”

The website explains;

“The random mash-ups it produces can be bizarre. Yet this computer-generated material is virtually indistinguishable from the real life messages many women receive every day. Often there is no clear connection between the content of the violent and/or sexually harassing material sent, and the identity and context of the receiver.

Women are called ugly sluts for having opinions on taxation. Girls are threatened with rape for posting videos about fishtail braiding. It makes no sense. Until you realise that this is not about individual women. It is about gender.


This entertaining yet kind’ve disturbing interactive work is the brainchild of two Australian academics, Dr Emma A.  Jane and Dr Nicole A. Vincent.

Rapeglish is defined as;

“An emerging yet increasingly dominant online dialect whose signal characteristic is graphic and sexually violent imagery. Often accompanied by: accusations that female recipients are overweight, unattractive, and acceptably promiscuous; all-caps demands for intimate images; and strident denials that there is any misogyny on the internet whatsoever.”

Go and have a look at the rapeglish generator and let me know how you go!

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