You’ve probably seen these or read about them. I can attest that the comments/tweets/social commentary that comes to women can be incredibly hateful, hurtful, and stupid.
Why do people do this? What do they hope to accomplish? Surely they understand that if a woman (the targets are so frequently women writers) have reached a level in their profession where their work is available to public criticism, they are most likely pretty good at what they do, know how to handle criticism, or (speaking for myself) are skilled at flinging it back, in spades — which never works but can be fun as hell. Get over you, trolls. No one listens and no one cares.