Internet Culture and Gender
This is a course in Women's Studies at Åbo Akademi University. The teacher of the course, Ann-Charlotte Palmgren, will post course information in the blog and students of the course will post blog entries about different aspects of internet culture and gender.
The aim of the course is to discuss and analyze internet culture, social media and gender from a feminist perspective. Through case studies the course examines how gender, sexuality, femininity and masculinity are constructed online (in for example blogs, Facebook, Second Life, massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, hotornot.com, chat forums and online dating sites). Through these case studies, the course will reflect on how the construction of gender and sexuality is related to questions of normativity and power.
Last blog comments
- apalmgre on Feminists fight against insulting trolls
- apalmgre on TheCHIVE
- apalmgre on Diablo III,is this just a gender RPG?
- apalmgre on Heteronormativity: Where you don’t even notice it.
- apalmgre on Gender differences on facebook behaviour?
- apalmgre on The Gender Ads Project
- apalmgre on Leftover Chinese women in youtube video
- apalmgre on Gender-swapping for beginners
- apalmgre on Gender portrayal in Gaming: Break.com versus Collegehumor.com
- mshewell on Heteronormativity: Where you don’t even notice it.
Category Archives: cyberfeminism
Heteronormativity: Where you don’t even notice it.
One of the topics that we discussed in class that I was able to connect with the most was the concept of heteronormativity. It is something that we don’t really realize is so prevalent in every culture, regardless of whether … Continue reading
Feminists fight against insulting trolls
“In internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or … Continue reading
Diablo III,is this just a gender RPG?
During the past few weeks my Facebook wall was completely full of posts and pictures about Diablo III, so I started to look around and I realized that also game shops had posters about this topic. But I started to … Continue reading
Last week’s class and its discussion about pornography, internet and gender made me think more about this. How male porn often leads to objectictification of the woman, is a serious problem. And how the Internet provides a large market for … Continue reading
The Gender Ads Project
Unrelated to the topics that have been discussed previously on this blog, I would now like to discuss an initiative that begin in 2002. This initiative, the Gender Ads Project, is an online project that “gives educators and students resources for … Continue reading
Leftover Chinese women in youtube video
In these years, there’s a new,specific and sexist term for unmarried women in China–leftover women (Shengnu). It refers to urban, professional women whose age over 27 still being single. The irony is male population is larger than female population. These … Continue reading
Gender-swapping for beginners
The internet as a new space, where everyone can create a new identity made me think about how the users actually use the possibilities of self-fashioning and creating. I guess the possibility of creating a new virtual person of oneself … Continue reading
Gender portrayal in Gaming: Break.com versus Collegehumor.com
Note: For the purpose of clarity, I am presenting the links to the videos discussed in this post here. XBox Girls Get Revenge — http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6258778/xbox-girls-get-revenge Geek and Gamer Girls — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eJmYKN_1QE After viewing and analyzing the video Geek and Gamer … Continue reading
When reading the comments on the Geek and Gamer girl video I noticed that there was quite some controversy, especially around the issue of geek women presenting themselves as sexy. Why is there criticism on sexy geeks? I think it … Continue reading
gamer girl manifesto
gamer girl manifesto Today I came across to a video in youtube, gamer girl manifesto by SexyNerdGirlPresents. It is a manifesto of female gamers telling not to sexualize them for their existence in the game world. It is not only … Continue reading