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Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change?
Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change? 17 August 2021 Marwa Azelmat for GenderIT.org

We welcome the commitments made by Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter to tackle online abuse on their platforms. However, without ensuring that the systems they create do not reproduce and amplify existing inequalities, built-in safety tools will only mitigate harms on the surface.

r/chickflixxx: Feminist (de)construction of online porn
r/chickflixxx: Feminist (de)construction of online porn 09 August 2021 Mariana Fossatti for GenderIT.org

How does porn take shape based on the audience's perspective and the practice of sharing and commenting on available online content? This article, based on a digital ethnographic analysis of a Reddit community, explores what feminist porn means on the internet.

Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation?
Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation? 22 July 2021 Brindaalakshmi. K for GenderIT.org

In India, the drive for the digitisation of services, combined with offline violence, marginalisation and stigma, make it almost impossible for transgender persons to be considered as people who deserve equal rights.

The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights
The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights 22 July 2021 Cecilia Maundu for GenderIT.org

The integrated biometric database system in Kenya exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and obstacles to availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman we learn about the tedious and lengthy process to obtain an ID card.

#MeToo India: The limits of analysis
#MeToo India: The limits of analysis 09 July 2021 Nayantara Ranganathan for GenderIT.org

Researcher Nayantara Ranganathan analyses tweets with the hashtag #metooindia, and examines the possibilities, limits and contradictions of studying a movement through a dataset of tweets centred around a phrase.

Creating and caring for feminist digital archives in Africa
Creating and caring for feminist digital archives in Africa 24 June 2021 Gorata Chengeta for GenderIT.org

This article explores the labour and determination that go into preserving African women’s history, reclaiming online spaces and, more importantly, ensuring that these stories remain accessible and continue to grow for the future generations to come.

Queer lust and internet orgasms
Queer lust and internet orgasms 15 June 2021 Saldroite for GenderIT.org

In this piece, the author investigates how they witnessed alternative porn that in its core is feminist, queer and diverse on the internet.

When our work doesn't fit metrics: For another way to count women on Wikipedia
When our work doesn't fit metrics: For another way to count women on Wikipedia 08 June 2021 Evelin Heidel - Scann for GenderIT.org

The Wikipedia gender gap has been well documented for a decade. But are women in the Wikimedia movement in the same situation as a few years ago? What has changed and what still needs to be done?

Approaching the fight against autocracy with feminist principles of freedom
Approaching the fight against autocracy with feminist principles of freedom 31 May 2021 Maimuna Jeng for GenderIT.org

This article examines the #FreeSenegal protests from a feminist perspective, depicting women's erasure from movements and revolutions in the African continent, and the prevalence of rape culture and sexual violence – even amidst anti-oppression protests.

Queer on the internet: The politics of visibility
Queer on the internet: The politics of visibility 31 May 2021 A. Salman for GenderIT.org

When looking through the risk and danger that seemingly small decisions about online social media profiles can pose to queer-identifying individuals, the utopic narrative of the “levelling field” that the internet creates begins to fall apart.

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