From Webcams to Wikipedia There Is An Art & Feminism Online Social Movement : Happening and It Is Not Going Away
ResuméThe internet has always been a boys club. Women who choose to delve deeper into the net than their email inboxes needn't look very far to find themselves bombarded by the proliferation of archaic negative gender-based stereotypes in almost every digital space, including online games, meme culture, forums, online journalism, YouTube, and beyond. Every major platform and communication model online appears to be a megaphone for men to remind women that women don't belong or that they are only allowed to participate if they accept their role as objects of admiration or quiet, non-opinionated users, in the event they aren't deemed attractive enough for the former role. It is not uncommon for women online to be stalked, to receive death threats, and to be doxxed. And it is implicitly accepted that women will be under constant scrutiny in most digital spaces, especially if they dare to question these pervasive misogynistic field conditions. These threats can be alarming even when exclusively digital, as women have been raped in online spaces as early as 1993 (Dibbell, 1993).
Washko, A. (2016). From Webcams to Wikipedia There Is An Art & Feminism Online Social Movement : Happening and It Is Not Going Away. Nordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab Og Kulturformidling, 5(1), 43–52. https://doi.org/10.7146/ntik.v5i1.25883
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