The Troll at the End of My Writing Rainbow

Princella Talley
6 min readJan 16, 2022
Photo by Deon Black on Unsplash

Before the day is over, a message from a random email address will be waiting in my inbox. I’ll open this message, only to see an unsolicited picture of a penis — the infamous dick pic — courtesy of an anonymous sender.

The reason I know that an unknown male’s external genitalia will be waiting for me is because I have a troll, a consistent and dedicated troll who has followed the same pattern for almost two years.

I post a think piece. He creates another email address and sends a dick pic. I cringe, roll my eyes and continue with my day.

The first time I opened his email with the subject line “Just For You,” I was caught off guard by the pale, erect member staring back at me. Over time, my surprise has given way to annoyance since this lewd merry-go-round has been in motion since 2020 when I posted a story that was curated on Medium.

Silly me for adding an email address to my Medium bio after having a story curated. At the time, I hadn’t considered that someone might respond negatively to my post because, before I wrote that story, I’d steered away from social inequities in my writings.

You might be wondering why my troll doesn’t opt for angry emails that explain his problem with me. Why pictures of his dick?

To me, his response doesn’t need words to confirm his stance. He is playing the game of sexual politics that encourages men to display their crotch as a form of domination and power. He shows me his dick to remind me that no matter what I say or do, I am his subordinate.

Men are more likely to troll because trolling mimics what society has historically pushed on men: Be dominant. Be competitive. Overpower.

“It has been observed that men are more likely to troll as compared to women because society tends to encourage traits of arrogance, dominance, and competitiveness in men.” — International Psychology Clinic