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Critical Blogging: Constructing Femmescapes Online

By Andi Schwartz Abstract: By looking at two queer femme blogs, this paper argues that online spaces can be used as sites of political resistance and arenas for developing queer identities and communities. This paper frames blogging as political activity by using prefigurative politics and the concepts “queerscapes” and “virtual boundary publics.” Introduction A lot … Continue reading Critical Blogging: Constructing Femmescapes Online

Daddy Issues: Constructions of Fatherhood in The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite

Abstract: This paper examines the dadification of digital games, the trend in which players are positioned as father (figures). Comparing the way fatherhood is imagined in The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite on both ludological and representational registers reveals contesting constructs of masculinity with different relations to feminist politics. Pointing to the increasing prevalence … Continue reading Daddy Issues: Constructions of Fatherhood in The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite

Introduction: Gender, Globalization and the Digital

In the nearly two years since this special issue, “Gender, Globalization, and the Digital,” was first proposed, the state of gender in digital spaces around the world has only grown more dismal. On social media, as the Gamergate controversy that began in 2014 has shown, those who advocate for feminist approaches to technology often become … Continue reading Introduction: Gender, Globalization and the Digital

Communicative ❤ Intimacies: Influencers and Perceived Interconnectedness

Around the world, many young people have taken to social media to monetise their personal lives as “influencers.” Although international news reports have variously described these commercial social media users as “bloggers,” “YouTubers,” and “Instagrammers,” I conceptualise these high-profile Internet microcelebrities (Senft 2008) as influencers regardless of their digital platform. Influencers are everyday, ordinary Internet … Continue reading Communicative ❤ Intimacies: Influencers and Perceived Interconnectedness

Rule-guided Expression: Gender Dissent across Mediated Literary Works

This paper is concerned with the examination of rule-guided cultural and thematic battles enacted by women writers in two historical moments—the late nineteenth- and early twenty-first centuries—against the dominant cultural institutions of their time. Such battles, evaluated in the Anglophone world of letters at large, bring to light women’s often inconspicuous strategies for legislating new … Continue reading Rule-guided Expression: Gender Dissent across Mediated Literary Works

Feminist Rhetoric in the Digital Sphere: Digital Interventions & the Subversion of Gendered Cultural Scripts

“Women’s rhetorical lives have always existed, among the innumerable, interminable, clear examples of public, political, agnostic, masculine discourse.”—Cheryl Glenn, Rhetoric Retold, 175 In the summer of 2013, the Austin, Texas State House garnered the attention of many beyond Texas’ borders as an online live stream of Senator Wendy Davis’s thirteen-hour filibuster, an attempt to delay … Continue reading Feminist Rhetoric in the Digital Sphere: Digital Interventions & the Subversion of Gendered Cultural Scripts

Digi-Blogging Gender Violence: Intersecting Ethnicity, Race, Migration and Globalization in South Asian Community Blogs Against IPV

Introduction Many of us, as new media researchers and feminists, have struggled with understanding the contexts that frame discourses about women of color and the place of gender studies within global digital cultures and transnational communities. Digital spaces of socialization have been anything but gender-neutral places of dialog exchange (Gregg, 2006; Wilson, 2005). Recent research … Continue reading Digi-Blogging Gender Violence: Intersecting Ethnicity, Race, Migration and Globalization in South Asian Community Blogs Against IPV

CultureNotFoundException

This intervention explores how software encodes intersecting systems of oppression. We graffiti excerpts from prominent software onto the computer science and engineering buildings at UC Berkeley. We photograph the juxtaposition of digital and physical constructions to explore how software reproduces gendered, sexual, racial, national, and class hierarchies. Our studies asked us to see computer science … Continue reading CultureNotFoundException

Thrice Invisible in its Visibility: Queerness and user generated ‘Kand’ videos

The door opens. A young man in his underwear walks out. He looks around, looking for somebody. There is excitement in the air as the camera shows us glimpses of other men in similar states of undress, milling around a dorm room. There is a call for music. The door shuts in our face. Three … Continue reading Thrice Invisible in its Visibility: Queerness and user generated ‘Kand’ videos

Women’s Ways of Structuring Data

Smoothly functioning infrastructures are invisible. Examples of infrastructures range from those physically constructed, such as transportation and public utility systems, to those that are more elusive or fluctuating—systems of economic exchange, for example. When systems work well, people do not realize their immersion within them because they facilitate the ease of daily experiences. For example, … Continue reading Women’s Ways of Structuring Data

Of Headshots and Hugs: Challenging Hypermasculinity through The Walking Dead Play

Abstract: This paper examines how players’ intersectional subjectivities inform their experiences of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead (2012) videogame. Drawing from “microethnographic” recordings and analyses of gameplay, this paper reports on the playthroughs of two African American males and their subsequent reflections on in-game decisions. This exploratory analysis contributes to an emerging, but underdeveloped, understanding … Continue reading Of Headshots and Hugs: Challenging Hypermasculinity through The Walking Dead Play

Inverto

‘Inverto’ is Latin for transform/transfer/transpose, and curiously, ‘invert’ is an old term for homosexual that carries transgender implications. Inverto is a series of photographs taken monthly over two years bearing witness to an individual undertaking the process of physically aligning gender identity with embodied presence. The images demonstrate the impact of hormone therapy and gender … Continue reading Inverto

Reinscribing a New Normal: Pregnancy, Disability, and Health 2.0 in the Online Natural Birthing Community, Birth Without Fear

Abstract: I argue in this article that the online natural birthing community, Birth Without Fear, operates as a Health 2.0 space where members reinscribe a new normal regarding disability and pregnancy, a process that both empowers and disempowers women. To explore this issue, I draw on concepts and terminologies from cyberfeminist and feminist disability studies. In using … Continue reading Reinscribing a New Normal: Pregnancy, Disability, and Health 2.0 in the Online Natural Birthing Community, Birth Without Fear

“Who Do You Think You Are?”: When Marginality Meets Academic Microcelebrity

Abstract: Populists and capitalists conceptualize academic public writing as a democratizing process. I argue that interlocking structures of oppression contour neoliberal academic appeals for public scholarship. Using data from a public academic blog, I conceptualize the attention economy as stratified by attenuated status groups. I also discuss the methodological promise of digital texts for sociological … Continue reading “Who Do You Think You Are?”: When Marginality Meets Academic Microcelebrity