Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
0
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Gender on Facebook
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

×
Saving this for later? Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime – even offline.
Text the download link to your phone
Standard text messaging rates apply

Gender on Facebook

1,612

Published on

Published in: Technology
0 Comments
1 Like
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
1,612
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
28
Comments
0
Likes
1
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. Crafting of Gender on Facebook and Myspace Women’s Studies 301 9-10-2008 Jenna Ferguson Alyssa Spicher Julie Thompson Johnathan Kerns
  • 2. Defining Gender…
    • Sex: What you are biologically…
    • Gender: What you are based off of social influences…
    • Gender Identity: How you view yourself…
    • Gender Role: How society views you and how you are expected to behave…
  • 3. “ Identifying” Gender…
    • Social Behaviors and Gender…
    • Images of Self and Gender…
    • Interactions Between People and Gender…
  • 4. Social Behaviors and Gender…
    • What do our actions say about our own gender?
    • What we choose to engage in defines who we are and how we see ourselves…
    • For example: on Facebook/Myspace , what each person describes as their favorite activities, interests, and groups helps define masculinity, femininity, etc
  • 5. Images of Self and Gender…
    • Every choice we make: what clothes we wear, jewelry we select, and things we buy and use everyday, help define our gender to the outside world
    • For example: on Facebook/Myspace , the pictures we post and the captions we give them tell others a lot about us
  • 6. Interactions Between People and Gender…
    • How we interact with each other also describes our individual gender
    • An individuals etiquette can say volumes about what gender they designate themselves
    • Even how we speak and what we carefully (or recklessly) choose to say defines our gender…
    • For example: on Facebook/Myspace , what we say in our profiles is just as significant as what we put on them
  • 7. Interactions Between People and Gender cont…
    • “ The Wall” on Facebook/Myspace : where people can post comments on someone else's (or their own page), and carry on conversations. This public display of remarks can be handled uniquely depending on a person’s gender
    • Mail/Inbox: private messages that can also be analyzed by Gender Identity
  • 8. Facebook/Myspace and Gender…
    • Facebook recently developed an interest in users defining gender
    • “ We've gotten feedback from translators and users in other countries that translations wind up being too confusing when people have not specified a sex on their profiles.” ( Facebook product manager Naomi Gleit)
        • Now gender classification is required when registering
        • Transgendered users may “opt-out” of selecting their gender but this may cause gender discrepancies on their mini-feed and other applications
  • 9. Facebook/Myspace and Gender cont…
    • Both sites have experienced a backlash when it comes to gender identity
    • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2247153069&refurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fs.php%3Fn%3D-1%26k%3D200000010%26init%3Ds%253Agroup%26q%3Dgender%26sf%3Dp%26s%3D0
    • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=212315054
  • 10. Facebook/Myspace and Feminism…
    • Facebook/Myspace have been used to promote a feminist discourse among users as well as promote activities and illuminate current world events
    • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2212733065&refurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fs.php%3Fn%3D-1%26k%3D200000010%26init%3Ds%253Agroup%26q%3Dgender%26sf%3Dp%26s%3D30
    • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=388132156
    • Some schools have partnered with Facebook to make their own pages to promote on campus events
      • University of Connecticut’s Women’s Center
    • http://www.aacu.org/OCWW/volume36_2/feature.cfm?section=1
  • 11. Fulfilling Stereotypes on Facebook/Myspace : Males…
    • Display Pictures
    • Dominating/Aggressive pictures
    • Pictures of material possessions
    • Albums of Photos
    • Fewer photos than females
    • Sports pictures or social gatherings
    • Applications
    • Gender challenging material
    • Used to assert power over other men
    • Content Within the Blanks
    • Men often claim to have interests similar to the type of woman they want to meet
    • More women=more power
  • 12. Fulfilling Stereotypes on Facebook/Myspace : Females…
    • Display Pictures
    • Present vanity
    • Often show themselves in a sexual light
    • Albums of Photos
    • Dedicated to people they care about
    • Profile owners pictures are always the best
  • 13. Fulfilling Stereotypes on Facebook/Myspace : Females cont…
    • Applications
    • Often give each other “gifts”
    • Stickers are oriented around love, relationships, and humor
    • Content Within the Blanks
    • Women place interests on male activities in order to attract the opposite sex
  • 14. Self-Conducted Interviews…
    • Our group decided to interview Penn State students to understand why they use Facebook/Myspace
    • Interviewed 10 Penn State students: 5 males and 5 females between the ages of 20-24
    • Study focused mostly on the use of Facebook
  • 15. Self-Conducted Interviews…
    • Interview Questions:
      • Why do you use Facebook ?
      • How is Facebook useful, other than social networking?
      • How do you portray yourself on Facebook ? (Both men and women)
      • How do you view others on Facebook ?
      • What do you think of Transgender people on Facebook ?
      • Do you view Facebook as a Feminist space?
  • 16. Self-Conducted Interviews…
    • Why do you use Facebook ?
    • To keep in touch with friends
    • To display pictures
    • Stalking
    • Others were using it
    • Communication for school related projects
    • How is Facebook useful, other than social networking?
    • To get in touch with classmates
    • To stay informed
    • To Pass time
    • To display resume
    • To sell/advertise products
  • 17. Self-Conducted Interviews…
    • How do you portray yourself on Facebook ?
    • Women:
    • “ I only use pictures of myself where I look good.”
    • “ I practice my profile picture.”
    • “ I try to keep my facebook clean to avoid any bad consequences from professors or employers”
    • “ I have opted to keep my info basic… I feel it is superficial to describe myself in only those terms… my true friends know my interests”
    • Through looking at female profiles
    • Men:
    • “ I don’t really add pictures.”
    • “ I’m not really going for a certain look on there.”
    • Through looking at male profiles
      • More sports application
      • Joked about homosexuality
  • 18. Self-Conducted Interviews…
    • How do you view other’s on Facebook ?
    • Women said they compared themselves to others on the site (in terms of appearance)
    • Use it to find out more about new acquaintances/friends/potential love interests
    • If men post pictures or get too involved in Facebook they are “girly”
    • Men didn’t really add much
    • What do you think of Transgender people on Facebook ?
    • Most didn’t know about the petition
    • Transgender is not an appropriate category (1 person)
    • Thought it should be added back as an option
  • 19. Self-Conducted Interviews…
    • Do you view Facebook as a Feminist space?
    • 90% of women said yes
      • You can start movements on Facebook
      • Women can portray themselves however they like on Facebook
      • Lesbians on Facebook
      • 10% of women said no
      • Females are pressured to be sexual
      • Competition between Women
  • 20. What Make’s You Popular/Our Experiment…
    • Imaginary profiles created
    • Friend requests/messages
    • What does this indicate about how we portray ourselves?
    • What does this say about strangers/the Facebook audience?
  • 21. Checking the Boxes/Questions for the Class…
    • SEX: Male Female
    • RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single In a Relationship Engaged Married It’s Complicated In an Open Relationship
    • LOOKING FOR: Friendship Dating A Relationship Networking
    • Do any of the options appear more on the profiles of men or women?
    • Do any of the options carry a double standard?
    • What message are they sending to the Facebook world?
  • 22. Questions for the Class…
    • Do you see Facebook/Myspace as a Feminist space? Why or why not?
    • Since many people believe that Facebook is discriminating against transgendered people, should users be able to “fill in the blank” when it comes to this option?
    • Are websites such as Facebook and Myspace supporting controversial issues such as gender identity and feminism, or are they perpetuating the problems?

×