I feel that the internet is somewhat of a window into the minds of people. People show more of themselves, the kind of people they really are, the things they WISH they could say, etc.
So when you look at core of the internet, where the largest amounts of people gather (reddit, 4Chan), and see all this misogyny, racism, and other horrible things. Well, it kind of drives in how deep-seated and prevalent those mentalities are in society. People say it’s just the internet, you shouldn’t take it seriously, but they forget that this is what people actually think.
A lot of people like to think that there’s a disconnect between the internet and reality, but there really isn’t. The posts and comments you see online are made by real people, and a lot of times I feel like everybody forgets about this.
That dude spouting how much he hates women exists out there, in the real world, and his beliefs and values will affect how he treats others. If this man is a teacher, it will affect the grades he gives out and the amount of help he gives to certain students. If he’s your supervisor, it could determine who gets fired, who gets promoted, and who gets employed at all.