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As Anita Sarkeesian Shows, Online Harassment Can Be a Life and Death Issue

There was a time when people had one answer to online harassment: “Don’t read the comments.” This week, it’s become painfully clear how harassment women endure online is not something we can fix by just ignoring it. Instead, in this era, online harassment can become a life... Read more »

Hate from Sexist Gamer Bros Can't Stop the Work of Feminist Gamers

According to widely circulated study from the Entertainment Software Association, women now outnumber teenage boys among the ranks of videogame players. That’s despite the fact that many best-selling... Read more »

Let's Get Digital: The prejudices—and the potential—of gaming and erotic roleplaying

Illustrations by Amy Martin Ask any World of Warcraft player about “Goldshire” and you’ll likely hear more than a little embarrassed giggling. The small town just outside the human capital of Stormwind is a known hotbed of ERP—shorthand for erotic roleplaying—derided... Read more »

Trolls Don’t Just Want to be Rude—They Want Power Over Us

It’s easy to roll your eyes at trolling—to say “don’t read the comments” and dismiss trolls as just a bunch of haters. But let’s talk about trolling for what it really is: disruptive behavior that seeks reinforce power over marginalized communities.  The power issues that motivate trolling... Read more »

Even the FCC Says it Moved "Too Fast to Be Fair" on Net Neutrality

Over 100 people turned out to the Federal Communications Commission office in Washington, DC today to tell the agency one message: “Keep our internet free.”  Read more »

Nearly Three Hundred Girls Were Kidnapped in Nigeria. So Why Isn't It Front Page News?

Three weeks ago, roughly 276 girls were kidnapped from a school in Northeastern Nigeria. The girls’ parents are devastated, the Nigerian government seems unable to track down the girls, and the leader... Read more »

Net Neutrality is a Feminist Issue. Here's Why.

The concrete impact of what these decisions mean for our media landscape can feel abstract and remote. Read more »

On Social Media, Cubans Speak Up for Feminism and Racial Justice

A still from the video for Cuban rap group Krudas Cubensi’s song “Los Medios.”  When I came to the United States from Argentina in 2005, I lived in the South. I remember going to Goodwill and finding a... Read more »

What's Missing from Journalists' Tactic of Snagging Stories from Twitter? Respect.

Christine Fox does not consider herself a social justice advocate. Using the handle @steenfox, the 37-year-old uses Twitter for fun, she says, amassing thousands of followers while simply shooting the shit with her friends. On March... Read more »

If the Choice is Between “Toxic” Criticism and the Status Quo, I’ll Take Toxicity, Thanks

My own belief is that Twitter and other social media allow feminism to grow in crucial ways. These platforms do away with the gatekeepers of media, creating a platform where people whose voices are often left out of the discussion can be heard loud and clear. That discourse forces those... Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people… and you expect to be taken seriously when you're “critique-ing” ...

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