In an ambitious bit of data-driven journalism, British newspaper The Guardian commissioned a study of the more than 70 million reader comments posted on its site since 2006. What was learned? Well, the headline on the report gives a hint: "The dark side of Guardian comments."
[A]rticles written by women attract more abuse and dismissive trolling than those written by men, regardless of what the article is about. Although the majority of our regular opinion writers are white men, we found that those who experienced the highest levels of abuse and dismissive trolling were not. The 10 regular writers who got the most abuse were eight women (four white and four non-white) and two black men. Two of the women and one of the men were gay. And of the eight women in the "top 10", one was Muslim and one Jewish.
And the 10 regular writers who got the least abuse? All men.