Women Identity Activism & the Internet


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Women Identity Activism & the Internet

  1. 1. Women, Activism, <br />Identity & the Internet<br />Dr. Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein, Northeast Center WOMEN’S STUDIES RESIDENCY 2010<br /> Women on the Move: <br />Activism, Revolution, Transformation<br />Saratoga Springs, New York <br /> March 11-13, 2010 <br />wsresc.pbworks.com<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>How are women communicating, expressing themselves, and learning with technology?
  3. 3. Modalities across the ages
  4. 4. A view from the 1950’s
  5. 5. A view from the 2010’s
  6. 6. Comparing Men & Women Online
  7. 7. Across the Generations : How are We Online?
  8. 8. Overview – Some Stats
  9. 9. Young Girls
  10. 10. Teens & Gen-Y – Digital Native Map
  11. 11. Seniors
  12. 12. Digital Activism</li></ul>genda<br />
  13. 13. How are women communicating, <br />expressing themselves, <br />and learning with technology?<br />
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  15. 15. Meet Emmerac , half a century ago in 1957…<br />
  16. 16. Today in February 2010…<br />http://www.youtube.com/user/ChalutzProductions<br />http://www.youtube.com/user/ChalutzProductions<br />http://www.youtube.com/user/ChalutzProductions<br />http://www.youtube.com/user/ChalutzProductions<br />http://www.youtube.com/user/ChalutzProductions<br />
  17. 17. Comparing Women & Men Online <br />“Women are catching up to men in most measures of online life. Men like the internet for the experiences it offers, while women like it for the human connections it promotes.”<br />Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2005<br />
  18. 18. How Men & Women Use the Internet<br />67% of the adult American population goes online<br /><ul><li>68% of men and 66% of women</li></ul>Younger women are more likely than younger men to be online<br /><ul><li> 86% of women ages 18-29 are online, compared with 80% of men that age</li></ul>Older men are more likely than older women to be online<br /><ul><li>34% of men 65 and older use the internet, compared with 21% of women that age</li></ul>Click the source below to link directly to the report.<br />
  19. 19. Compared with men, online women are more likely to use the internet to: send and receive email, get maps and directions, look for health and medical information, use web sites to get support for health or personal problems, and get religious information.<br />Compared with women, online men are more likely to use the internet to: check the weather, get news, get do-it-yourself information, check for sports information, get political information, get financial information, do job-related research, download software, listen to music, rate a product/person/service through an online reputation system, download music files, use a webcam, and take a class.<br />Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2005<br />
  20. 20. <ul><li> More women than men send and receive email, and they use it in a richer and more engaging way.
  21. 21. Women are more likely than men to use email to write to friends and family about a variety of topics, from sharing news and worries to planning events to forward jokes and funny stories.
  22. 22. Men and women both appreciate email for its </li></ul>efficiencies and convenience.<br /><ul><li> Women are more likely to feel satisfied with the role </li></ul>of email in their lives, especially when it comes to <br />nurturing their relationships. <br />Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2005<br />
  23. 23. Across Adult Generations:How are We Online?<br />“Over half of the adult internet population is between 18 and 44 years old. But larger percentages of older generations are online now than in the past, and they are doing more activities online.”<br />Source: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project surveys taken from 2006-2008.<br />
  24. 24. Generations Explained<br />Generation Name Birth Years, Ages in 2009 % of total adult % of internet-using<br /> population population<br />Gen Y (Millennials) Born 1977-1990, Ages 18-32 26% 30%<br />Gen X Born 1965-1976, Ages 33-44 20% 23%<br />Younger Boomers Born 1955-1964, Ages 45-54 20% 22%<br />Older Boomers Born 1946-1954, Ages 55-63 13% 13%<br />Silent Generation Born 1937-1945, Ages 64-72 9% 7%<br />G.I. Generation Born -1936, Age 73+ 9% 4%<br />Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project December 2008 survey <br />
  25. 25. Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project December 2008 survey <br />
  26. 26. What are the Generations Doing Online?<br /> Teens and Generation Y (internet users age 18-32) find entertainment and social networks online<br /><ul><li>Seek entertainment through online videos, online games, and virtual worlds, and downloaded music.
  27. 27. Internet users ages 12-32 are more likely than older users to read other people’s blogs and to write their own; are considerably more likely than older generations to use social networking sites and to create
  28. 28. Teen and Generation Y users are also significantly more likely than older generations to send instant messages to friends.</li></ul>Older generations (ages 33+)use the internet as a tool for research, shopping and banking<br /><ul><li> Researching health information is the third most popular online activity with the most senior age group, after email and online search.
  29. 29. 80% of Generation X(ages 33-44)internet users buy products online, compared with 71% of internet users ages 18-32, 38% of online teens, 56% of internet users ages 64-72 and 47% of internet users age 73 and older.</li></ul>Video downloads, online travel reservations, and work-related research are now pursued more equally by young and old<br />Broadband access has doubled for many age groups, tripled in oldest groups<br />
  30. 30. Young Girls<br />
  31. 31. Kylie Commercial<br />
  32. 32. Extreme Digital World of Kids<br />
  33. 33. Teens & Gen-Y<br />
  34. 34. Digital Native Map<br />http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/extras/digital_native.html<br />
  35. 35. Living Their Lives Online<br />http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/relationships/identity/living-their-lives-online.html?play<br />
  36. 36. Secret Life<br />
  37. 37. Seniors<br />
  38. 38. Digital Divide in Communicating with Father<br />
  39. 39. Women & Digital Activism<br />
  40. 40. What is Digital Activism?<br />http://www.digiactive.org/<br />
  41. 41. Young Women & Activism in the Digital Age<br />For young activists, video is their voice<br />By Don Aucoin, Boston Globe Staff  |  March 5, 2010<br />When Elisa Kreisinger wanted to protest the newly diminished visibility of gay characters and story lines on television, she didn’t launch a petition drive or write an angry op-ed piece. Instead, like many other members of the YouTube generation for whom the visual language is a native tongue, she found a way to have her say with video rather than words.<br />Kreisinger remixed scenes from “Sex and the City’’ into a pair of pro-gay narratives, and uploaded the resulting videos to her blog, drawing 21,000 hits.<br />“I wouldn’t have done it if it was text-based,’’ said Kreisinger, a 23-year-old Simmons College grad from Cambridge. “Things are more easily communicated through video . . . And there can be more powerful statements.’’<br />
  42. 42. Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley<br />
  43. 43. International Perspectives<br />The Internet is <br />“providing a new medium for women to work across communities, link up to diasporas and to women from other cultures that share the same concerns about women’s struggle for autonomy and self-determination.” – Wendy Harcourt<br />
  44. 44. wsresc.pbworks.com<br />