Monday, April 30, 2007

The Washington Post printed an article about the harassment of feminist bloggers online; this article is the latest of many articles that have been written in response to Kathy Sierra's experiences.

This article does a good job of providing a wide range of perspectives on this situation, but one area that it fails to address is the way in which harassment, especially sexual harassment, is aimed at women more often than men AND that this fact reflects larger social systems that need to be interrogated. Historically, women's speech in public spaces has been limited. The social mechanisms used to silence women in public have included legal codes, but are more often maintained through cultural conventions. The fact that women are harassed online, in the streets, at work, at school...This points to a need to address, as a society, how social constructions of gender limit individuals' abilities to participate fully in public functions.

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