Social networks have created new communication channels, but they are also a breeding ground of sexist rhetoric and gender specific desinformation about female candidates and politicians. With the upcoming federal elections in Germany, the subject is currently especially important and visible. This article analyzes common attacks against women with examples from Germany and the US. The essay also explains why social media has been especially influential in the current election cycle with the ongoing COVID-19 pandmic, and how sexist criticism and threats online can be reduced. The full article can be read here.