- File Size: 418 KB
- Print Length: 45 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (August 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EO24J3O
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Cybersexism: Sex, Gender and Power on the Internet Kindle Edition
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Her writing is engaging, but she does fall into some blog-writing tropes (ie describing a geeks "neckbeard") that often emphasize phsyical atteibutes over ideas. This is ok in the blog-sphere where everyone gets the joke, but not in a published essay. The essay also lacks in any kind of serious citations. She makes a lot of claims about the sexism women experience, but hardly sites any studies or polls. She also makes claims about socialization without any scientific support. I am in almost complete agreement with her arguments, but I can't stand by anyone that doesn't back up arguments with research.
All in all, after reading it, i had a "so what?" Moment. If you are even passingly familiar with internet sexism, this book will offer you little. It is basically a summary of the sexism women experience, with little analyses as to why (the analyses she does offer is not supported with any data other then well known stereotypes). There is nothing in the book that offers any way to combat this sexism, except with vigilantism (with no discussion of the reprecussions of that). This essay was more a rant of what women put up with then a
Cybersexism is but a preview of an upcoming larger collection of essays by Laurie Penny, and one I'd gladly shell out for again. Penny is a passionate, witty and confrontational writer whose militant language doesn't quite conceal a genuine care for everyone on the gender spectrum. Yes, even those old foes of Tumblr: the white, hetero, able-bodied, cis male!
I rate this book five stars because I basically feel this should be a manifesto for all those who venture into online spaces, to get just a small taste of what it's like to be on the other side of "pics or gtfo". Its small volume may have left me eager for more, but its punchy, witty style makes it ideal introductory reading for the tech-inclined feminist.
One may sneer and say my praise comes from being on the same side of the political spectrum as the author, but if the basic message is "women/girls/lgbtq's deserve equality, representation and a feeling of safety", that surely transcends all political affiliations?
In the aftermath of #yesallwomen and the Facebook emotional adjustment experiment, the message in the book rings even more true and cognizant. The "rules" and the tools of the internet have an impact on its use. And that impact isn't all sugar and spice.
So if you feel like starting a journey of reflection and learning, Penny might just be the guide you are looking for. Like the author bio says; she is a nerd and a nomad.
As I read her explanation of being a female geek in school, my initial reaction was to think, but that was not my experience. There were no geek girls interested in me. Therefore, my social alienation was different. However, I took some time to cast back through my mind, and there were many girls in my age group whom I never considered. I have/do desire the objectified female archetype and would, at one point in my life, have pursued such women as my prize for being successful.
Laurie Penny's message that we risk turning the online world into a horrible simulacra of our violently segregated meatspace is, by far, the most important and well articulated message in this work.
Take the time to read it.
Laurie Penny does a wonderful job dissecting the issue, weaving it with personal anecdotes. Some reviewers complained it was too short, but I thought the length was perfect (hey, 'it's-too-short' people: don't worry, I'm sure the trolls will give her more to write about!)
Worth the price of admission. Don't miss this one!