“Cyberspace allows for a wider range of expression and enables an encompassing of a variety of layers. In other words, one can be an activist, a theorist, an artist and a cyberpunk all in one…”
Aiko Joshi “Humanising Cyberspace”, In: South Asian Women’s Forum, Nov 29, 1999.
Cyberfeminism is an important school of Cyberculture Studies and Theories. (…) [It] stands for political strategies as well as artistic methods and was most active in the 1990s.
This annotated bibliography is meant to be an introductory work and cannot give an ultimate overview of the entire field. I chose articles by researchers, activists and/or artists that either identified as cyberfeminists or have been closely affiliated with self-identified cyberfeminist groups or collectives. Although US-American researchers have greatly contributed to this field, I did not limit my research to US American resources. Due to the nature of the Internet, cyberfeminist activism is global and cannot be pinned down to one country.
My main research questions are: How have cyberfeminist activists theorized this new space and women*’s roles in it? How do they define ‘cyberfeminism’ and who are the collectives / groups involved in this movement?
Feminists sometimes get a bad reputation in the media. Why?
Laurie Penny: I think there is always going to be a lot of anger when the members of any privileged group have the perception that they are threatened. Whenever I hear that feminism needs to re-brand itself I always wonder who we’re supposed to be doing that for – because the point of any equality movement isn’t to get all the people with more privilege and power than you to love and accept you. Feminism wouldn’t have such a bad reputation if it were all about making men feel comfortable, but we already have a school of thought for that, and it’s called ‘patriarchy,’ and it’s not gone away yet. Lots of people seem to think that there is no point to feminism anymore and that equality has been won – but in the worlds of work, power, sex, and economics we still have a long way to go.
drei jahre feministisches bloggen – auf den tag genau.
zur feier des tages habe ich mich durch alte blogeinträge gewühlt und mich ein bisschen geschämt, aber das gehört ja dazu. und dank euch konnt ich ja auch ‘ne menge dazulernen. mein heißester dank geht daher an…
i love watching web series. they are short, DIY, low budget, charming and i have the impression that they don’t give a shit about having a cast of characters that can compete with ridiculously unattainable beauty standards. plus, there are plenty of web series out there in the thing that’s called the internet – for free!
beginning with this post, i’m going to introduce to you web series that i came across in my exteeeensive research. i’m not a real film critic (not even a real fake film critic), so my posts will appear a bit random and most of them will definitely not contain the what-you-need-to-cover-when-you-write-about-pop-cultural-products-facts. sometimes, i’ll probably just throw around catchwords or things like “i like” or “not cool” because i’m way to lazy to provide a thorough analysis. well, bla bla, let’s start with the first one!
vivian, a NYC girl, moves to a small town with her dad and starts living with her aunt. she has to leave her girlfriend behind in NYC, which is only 30 minutes away. however, both still manage to make a big fuss about living faaaar away from each other. as you can see, the story is a bit ‘lala’.
nevertheless, i like how vivian’s and aster’s relationship is no big deal to vivian’s dad. being gay isn’t constructed as a problem, which is noteworthy given the millions of shows that introduce gay characters just to inform the audience that these gay characters *definitely* have an identity crisis.
as the main character, i find vivian a bit boring. her girlfriend is cute and adventurous but the story isn’t very exciting. it’s a nice little amusement and i did watch all three seasons (mainly because the episodes are very short). also important: i like the diverse cast. so i guess: i recommend.
a few days ago i went to a beautiful fat positive queer performance art and activism show organized by the Rebel Bellies (a berlin based fat activism group – they’re also on facebook). i was happy to grab one of the lovely fanzines made and brought along by queer fat activist charlotte cooper (who btw performed a really cool song with a fellow activist friend). this zine is a product of a collaborative project by many fat activists who produced a timeline with queer & trans* fat activist events and cornerstones. it’s not meant to be an exhaustive herstory but a wonderful attempt to archive fat activism and memory. i definitely encourage you to download the digital version of the fanzine or look out for the paper version at cool fat positive events.
a queer and trans fat activist fanzine (pic via obesitytimebomb.blogspot.de)
ps: today is international no diet day! everyday is no diet day! join fat grrrl activism on facebook!