Monday, August 06, 2007

Women, Blogging, & Online Harassment

I stumbled upon the provactively titled post Blogging While Female on the Nation's blog this morning and nostalgic reminiscing about my M.A. thesis hit me full force. One of the major topics that I discussed in my thesis was the disproportionate amount of sexism that female bloggers face online and how this related to the maintenance of the public sphere a la Habermas. No surprise here, but it seems that the occurrence of gender-based online harrassment has not diminished while I have been on a healthy break from all things thesis-related. This article reminded me of how important it is for this issue to be addressed - not just for equality in the blogosphere but in society, on and offline, in general.

Update: Feministing has started a discussion of this article and "blogging while female" through one of its comment threads. Join in!

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