Issue #10

Introduction: Open Call

  • Carol Stabile
  • Sarah T. Hamid
  • Radhika Gajjala

Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons Is as important to the rest of the country as the killing of white men, white mother’s sons We who believe in freedom cannot rest. We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes. Bernice Johnson Reagon [1] In 1995, two of the co-editors of … Continue reading Introduction: Open Call

Thinking Beyond ‘Free Speech’ in Responding to Online Harassment

  • Sky Croeser

Abstract: Online harassment is a significant problem, and an important movement has emerged in response. However, this activism usually refers back to free speech discourse. I argue that an intersectional approach requires us to explore a more radical rethinking of the political traditions we draw on when responding to online harassment. Online harassment is a … Continue reading Thinking Beyond ‘Free Speech’ in Responding to Online Harassment

Dismantling ‘You Get What You Deserve’: Towards a Feminist Sociology of Revenge Porn

  • Emilee Eikren
  • Mary Ingram-Waters

Abstract: With this research, we seek to formulate a feminist sociology of revenge porn, defined as the non-consensual circulation of intimate images with the intent to harm, to bring together two existing explanations for critical interrogation: that revenge porn is a gendered crime that disproportionately affects women and that these women get what they deserve. … Continue reading Dismantling ‘You Get What You Deserve’: Towards a Feminist Sociology of Revenge Porn

Black Deaths Matter? Sousveillance and the Invisibility of Black Life

  • Mia Fischer
  • K. Mohrman

Abstract: This article examines the shooting of Philando Castile, and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds’, decision to film his death at the hands of the police, in order to explore the potential of live-streaming applications as a form of “sousveillance” that can expose white supremacy from below. In highlighting the political economy constraints that limit the … Continue reading Black Deaths Matter? Sousveillance and the Invisibility of Black Life

Black Beauty and Digital Spaces: The New Visibility Politics

  • Janell Hobson

Abstract: Less than a year after the creation of the viral hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, an equally catchy and politically charged slogan surfaced: #BlackGirlMagic.  This latest hashtag insists on making black women’s bodies both visible and legible in contexts of beauty, desirability, and dignity. However, more needs to be said about how digital spaces have reified the … Continue reading Black Beauty and Digital Spaces: The New Visibility Politics

Sisters Rap the Blues: Examining the Perceived Impact of Rap Music on Black Women College Students

  • B. Afeni McNeely Cobham

Abstract: The following qualitative study examines how Black women college students enrolled at a Predominately White Institution (PWI) perceive the impact of mainstream rap music on their academic experiences. For the purpose of this study mainstream rap music is defined in two ways: a high profile subgenre of Hip Hop culture and, second, pervasively sexist, … Continue reading Sisters Rap the Blues: Examining the Perceived Impact of Rap Music on Black Women College Students

‘It’s Just a Lot More Casual’: Young Heterosexual Women’s Experience of Using Tinder in New Zealand

  • Panteá Farvid
  • Kayla Aisher

Abstract: Tinder is a mobile dating app that has recently taken off among young heterosexuals. While attracting great media attention, little scholarly work exists on the topic. In this paper we begin to address this gap by reporting on a small research project that examined five young heterosexual women’s experiences of using Tinder in New … Continue reading ‘It’s Just a Lot More Casual’: Young Heterosexual Women’s Experience of Using Tinder in New Zealand

Let’s Be Abominable Feminists: Yeti: Campus Stories and Sexism in the Digital College Party Scene

  • Jeremiah Favara
  • Caitlyn Kawamura

Abstract: Social media and mobile apps are increasingly a part of college culture and are being mobilized in the college party scene. Through the use of digital ethnography, this paper focuses on the app Yeti: Campus Stories to explore the role of social media apps in digital college party culture in perpetuating and potentially challenging … Continue reading Let’s Be Abominable Feminists: Yeti: Campus Stories and Sexism in the Digital College Party Scene

Computer Love: Replicating Social Order Through Early Computer Dating Systems

  • Marie Hicks

Abstract: Although online dating has only recently become culturally acceptable and widespread, using computers to make romantic matches has a long history. But rather than revolutionizing how people met and married, this article shows how early computerized dating systems re-inscribed conservative social norms about gender, race, class, and sexuality. It explores the mid-twentieth century origins … Continue reading Computer Love: Replicating Social Order Through Early Computer Dating Systems

Gender Differences in Movie Superheroes’ Roles, Appearances, and Violence

  • Monica Miller
  • Jessica Rauch
  • Tatyana Kaplan

Abstract: It is important to understand the content of media, as media can promote stereotypes that communicate what gender roles, appearances, and acts of violence are acceptable in society. This content analysis of 147 superheroes in 80 movies found that male heroes appeared much more frequently than female heroes. Females were more likely to work in … Continue reading Gender Differences in Movie Superheroes’ Roles, Appearances, and Violence

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology
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