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Jessie Daniels, PhDWomen’s Studies Colloquium – Graduate Center-CUNYMay 8, 2013“’Our version of consciousness-raising grou...
Twitter: @JessieNYC#digitalgc #fem2 #femfuture
introduction
sexism & misogyny exist
women are blogging
many to challenge sexism & misogyny
36.2 million women
15.1 million publishing
21.1 million reading & commenting
(white) men get invited, praised, listed
22
23media use shifting
27
“We work for free and then pass thison... (to younger women). We mustcreate a new culture of work, avirbant, feminist econ...
situating myself
34
2009
“Without an explicit challenge toracism, white feminism iseasily grafted onto whitesupremacy and useful forarguing for equ...
feminist bloggers study
interviews
digitally augmented ethnography
getting paid for blogging
the political economy of #femfuture
raises a set of questions
1. what kind of labor isonline feminism?
2. how is race implicated inonline feminism?
3. what kind of activism isonline feminism?
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“Maybe we can just be ‘weekendfeminists’ with day jobs managingother websites or driving taxis,but when writing aboutfemin...
what kind of labor isfeminist blogging?
critiquing #femfuture
how is race implicated infeminist blogging?
“There is a dangerous ignorance inassuming #FemFuture is a first, a start, ornew.”~ Jessica Marie Johnson, PhD
in-person meeting “closed”online dialogue “open”
“It’s painful and embarrassing for whitefeminists to be called out around race and racism,but the obligation to learn how ...
hacking #femfuture
what kind of activism isonline feminism?
epistemological activism
is online feminism digital labor?
"Social movements in the Information Age areessentially mobilized around cultural values. Thestruggle to change the codes ...
how is race implicated?
what kind of feminism?
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Twitter: @JessieNYC#femfuture #fem2Thank you!If you’d like to continue the conversation:
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Online feminist activism is the greatest innovation for feminism in 50 years, yet it is simultaneously “in crisis” because it is “underfunded and unsustainable,” according to a 2013 report called #FemFuture: Online Revolution” (BCRW, Volume 8). A New York Magazine cover story (October 30, 2011) proclaimed the ‘Rebirth of the Feminist Manifesto’ through feminist blogs. In the article, 20-something feminist blogger, Shelby Knox, described the blogs as her generations’ “version of consciousness-raising groups.” The emergence of digital media, and particularly blogs, represents a crucial new force for civic participation that holds the potential to destabilize old hierarchies, such as gender inequality. Relying on a mixed, augmented methodology of ethnography, content analysis and interviews with bloggers who identify as “feminist” or “womanist,” this explores the implications of “#femfuture” through an intersectional lens of gender, critical race theory and political economy.

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Gender, Race and the Political Economy of Feminist Online Activism

  1. 1. Jessie Daniels, PhDWomen’s Studies Colloquium – Graduate Center-CUNYMay 8, 2013“’Our version of consciousness-raising groups’:Gender, Race & the Political Economy ofFeminist Online Activism”
  2. 2. Twitter: @JessieNYC#digitalgc #fem2 #femfuture
  3. 3. introduction
  4. 4. sexism & misogyny exist
  5. 5. women are blogging
  6. 6. many to challenge sexism & misogyny
  7. 7. 36.2 million women
  8. 8. 15.1 million publishing
  9. 9. 21.1 million reading & commenting
  10. 10. (white) men get invited, praised, listed
  11. 11. 22
  12. 12. 23media use shifting
  13. 13. 27
  14. 14. “We work for free and then pass thison... (to younger women). We mustcreate a new culture of work, avirbant, feminist economy.”~ Vanessa Valenti & Courtney Martin,The Future of Online Feminism
  15. 15. situating myself
  16. 16. 34
  17. 17. 2009
  18. 18. “Without an explicit challenge toracism, white feminism iseasily grafted onto whitesupremacy and useful forarguing for equality for whitewomen and possibly for whitegays and lesbians within a whitesupremacist context."
  19. 19. feminist bloggers study
  20. 20. interviews
  21. 21. digitally augmented ethnography
  22. 22. getting paid for blogging
  23. 23. the political economy of #femfuture
  24. 24. raises a set of questions
  25. 25. 1. what kind of labor isonline feminism?
  26. 26. 2. how is race implicated inonline feminism?
  27. 27. 3. what kind of activism isonline feminism?
  28. 28. 60
  29. 29. “Maybe we can just be ‘weekendfeminists’ with day jobs managingother websites or driving taxis,but when writing aboutfeminist issues is what we wantto do for a living, why shouldn’twe be able to?”~ Elizabeth Daley
  30. 30. what kind of labor isfeminist blogging?
  31. 31. critiquing #femfuture
  32. 32. how is race implicated infeminist blogging?
  33. 33. “There is a dangerous ignorance inassuming #FemFuture is a first, a start, ornew.”~ Jessica Marie Johnson, PhD
  34. 34. in-person meeting “closed”online dialogue “open”
  35. 35. “It’s painful and embarrassing for whitefeminists to be called out around race and racism,but the obligation to learn how to deal with thoseemotions productively is a cost of privilege.”~ Jaclyn Friedman
  36. 36. hacking #femfuture
  37. 37. what kind of activism isonline feminism?
  38. 38. epistemological activism
  39. 39. is online feminism digital labor?
  40. 40. "Social movements in the Information Age areessentially mobilized around cultural values. Thestruggle to change the codes of meaning in theinstitutions and practice of the society is the essentialstruggle in the process of social change in the newhistorical context, movements to seize thepower of minds, not state power.”~ Manuel Castells, 1997
  41. 41. how is race implicated?
  42. 42. what kind of feminism?
  43. 43. 105
  44. 44. Twitter: @JessieNYC#femfuture #fem2Thank you!If you’d like to continue the conversation:

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