As she later told me, although he was incredibly supportive, she worried that future employers might not be as understanding.In our interview, Mayer expressed concerns about finding permanent employment.She wondered if the abuse was in retaliation for defending a classmate who blogged about her sexual fantasies.
Racist comments she never made were attributed to her.
Posts listed her professors’ e-mail addresses, instructing readers to tell them about Mayer’s “sickening racist rants.” Someone set up a Twitter account in Mayer’s name that claimed she fantasized about rape and rough sex. Mayer could not even guess the identity of the posters.
Every time she closed her blog and started a new one under a different pseudonym, posters managed to discover her identity and outed her.
She stopped blogging; it was not worth the inevitable abuse.
She enjoyed interacting with her readers and commenting on other blogs; it provided a support system and sounding board for her ideas.