CreepShots: Are You Being Creeped On?

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If you’re a woman who has recently taken the bus, gone to the gym or attended class, there’s a chance you’ve unknowingly entertained a number of creeps on CreepShots. Voyeurism has reached a whole new level of creepy thanks to an online community of peeping toms who post, collect and exchange what they call “CreepShots.” The […]

#FBrape Campaign Takes on Facebook Misogyny and Wins!

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Congrats to Women, Action, and the Media and The Everyday Sexism Project for harnessing the power of social media to bring about positive change in well, social media. More than 60,000 tweets and 5,000 emails later, the spirited campaign that revolved around the #FBrape hashtag resulted in Facebook admitting that it has failed to remove […]

Forking, Dongles and Cyber Misogyny

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Last summer, Avital Norman Nathman wrote about feminist video blogger Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter proposal for a web series, Tropes vs. Women, and briefly mentioned the alarming backlash aimed at Sarkeesian for venturing to dissect sexist trends in video games. After receiving vicious YouTube comments, including “I hope you get cancer” and just about every misogynistic slur in the book, […]

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Women Friends: Q and A with Julia Cho

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And the two best friends lived happily ever after. It’s not the typical ending for a romance story, but The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) isn’t typical in any way. The web video series that just aired its final episode is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, following fictional vlogger “Lizzie” Bennet, her […]

The Femisphere: Foodies and Food Politics

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Without a doubt, food is an inherently feminist topic. Women are inundated on a daily basis regarding food—whether being told how to properly (and perfectly) prepare it, or how to control our intake of it for “ideal” weight purposes. While there is no shortage of both men and women who write about food online, what […]

Of Jane Austen, the Bennet Sisters … and VAWA?

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“I let him film us having sex, Lizzie. I let him do that. … He never made me do anything, so just tell me that I didn’t get what I had coming Lizzie, just try to tell me that!” A sobbing and self-abusive young woman named Lydia Bennet is speaking to her older sister Lizzie […]

The Femisphere: Latina Bloggers

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Like many subgenres within the Feminist blogosphere, online content from Latina feminists is growing by the day and reaching more people than ever. These writers, of various ages and backgrounds, are focusing on topics that, despite best intentions, don’t always make it into the spotlight of mainstream feminism: immigration, racism, violence and indigenous women, and […]

Students Speak Out: 5 Ways to Stop Online Harassment

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My gender studies class at Cal State Long Beach discussed online harassment and came up with its own guide on how we can all work together to make online spaces safer for women. We know that most men do not harass women online. We know that many men are willing to stand up to harassment […]

Rape, Steubenville, Social Media: How About Another Sort of Super Bowl Sunday?

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This past Wednesday, the judge presiding over the “rape crew” trial in Steubenville ruled it would remain in town, open to the public and commence March 13. Rape, Steubenville and social media are already inextricably linked in both real life and cyberspace. A question remains: What ending will be etched digitally into history? It began […]

Pride and Prejudice at 200: Stop Looking for Mr. Darcy!

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 “I want. To. Meet. Darcy. Now!” “When are we going to see darcy gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh?” “ohmygosh i haven’t even met darcy yet, and i’m already madly fangirling over him.” So commented the viewers on the 57th installment of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a YouTube modernization of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, produced by Hank Green and […]