Toxic WOCs: Constructing Race and Gender in Digital Spaces

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Toxic WOCs: Constructing Race and Gender in Digital Spaces

  1. 1. Toxic WOCs: Constructing Race and Gender in Digital Spaces Roopika Risam Salem State University @roopikarisam
  2. 2. #WOCHashtagsRising
  3. 3. #TheNumbers
  4. 4. #TheNumbers
  5. 5. #FemFuture ―Women of color and other groups are already overlooked for adequate media attention and already struggle disproportionately in this culture of scarcity.‖ –Courtney Martin and Vanessa Valenti
  6. 6. #FemFuture ―An unfunded online feminist movement isn’t merely a threat to the livelihood of these hard-working activists, but a threat to the larger feminist movement itself‖ –Courtney Martin and Vanessa Valenti
  7. 7. #Reactions ―Where is the space in all of these #femfuture movements for people who don’t have internet access?‖ -Mikki Kendall
  8. 8. #FeministBlogospheres ―Freed from the boundaries of print, writers could blur the lines between formal and casual writing; between a call to arms, a confession, and a stand-up routine—and this new looseness of form in turn emboldened readers to join in, to take risks in the safety of the shared spotlight.‖ -Emily Nussbaum
  9. 9. #FeministLandmines ―Many of the most avid digital feminists will tell you that it’s become toxic. Indeed, there’s a nascent genre of essays by people who feel emotionally savaged by their involvement in it—not because of sexist trolls, but because of the slashing righteousness of other feminists.‖ -Michelle Goldberg
  10. 10. #SpatialWebs ―The Internet is the modern-day agora. It is increasingly a place where so many people are coming together and doing very meaningful, very real things, so that the social patterns prevailing on the Internet are of interest to everybody.‖ -Katherine Cross
  11. 11. #WhoTweets # Total registered users: ~1 billion # Unique monthly visitors to Twitter.com: 36 million # Country with Most Users: U.S. # Percentage of Twitter MAUs located outside U.S.: 77%
  12. 12. #WherePeopleTweet
  13. 13. #TweetsPerCapita
  14. 14. #USTweeters
  15. 15. #Implications # U.S. media muckracking # Replication and amplification of race and gender on Twitter # Viral movement of toxicity discourses # U.S. and U.S. feminist co-optation of Twitter

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