This is a tough one. Anonymity in the case of these “lists of men” is used for two purposes that I can discern:

  • to help educate women in an industry in order to protect themselves
  • to prevent retaliation in an arena where those responsible for the misconduct in question wield power over those making the anonymous lists.

But I take your point that anonymous character attacks are a form of moral guerrilla warfare. They’re a bit dirty and cheap.

But as with handling those who choose guerrilla warfare, we have to understand why they chose that form of fighting (a severe disadvantage compared to their foes), and what — if anything — can be done to address that.

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