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Unformatted Document Text:  Representations of Race and Sexuality on Feminist Web Sites 11 limits” including homosexual, unmarried, promiscuous sex. Rubin concluded that “like gender, sexuality is political. It is organized into systems of power, which reward and encourage some individuals and activities, while punishing and suppressing others.” 24 She stated that even the progressive-minded need to examine their assumptions and recognize the political nature of sexuality. Within discussions of gay and lesbian theory, differences among butch-femme 25 and transgendered 26 complicate and expand our understanding of gender, thus continue to highlight the complexity of gender and the forces that impact the “matrix of domination.” How are representations on the Internet aiding in providing a differential and oppositional consciousness to change and a greater understanding of the vast nature of gender? The Web as Forum for Activism As a forum for activism, the Internet holds much opportunity to spread information and to reach prospective volunteers, contributors, and activists. A recent study from the Mellman Group highlighted the vast potential to use the Internet for social change. The study found that more than 50 million Americans over the age of 18 have Internet access and are also contributors in time and money to charitable or advocacy causes. 27 But the same study indicated that only a small portion of these people use the Internet for philanthropic causes. The features of the Internet that differentiate it from other media, hyperlinking, interactivity, ease of publishing, offer a unique presentation of information and discussion of ideas from a variety of voices and

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Representations of Race and Sexuality on Feminist Web Sites
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limits” including homosexual, unmarried, promiscuous sex. Rubin concluded that “like
gender, sexuality is political. It is organized into systems of power, which reward and
encourage some individuals and activities, while punishing and suppressing others.”
24
She stated that even the progressive-minded need to examine their assumptions and
recognize the political nature of sexuality.
Within discussions of gay and lesbian theory, differences among butch-femme
25
and transgendered
26
complicate and expand our understanding of gender, thus
continue to highlight the complexity of gender and the forces that impact the “matrix of
domination.” How are representations on the Internet aiding in providing a differential
and oppositional consciousness to change and a greater understanding of the vast
nature of gender?
The Web as Forum for Activism
As a forum for activism, the Internet holds much opportunity to spread
information and to reach prospective volunteers, contributors, and activists. A recent
study from the Mellman Group highlighted the vast potential to use the Internet for
social change. The study found that more than 50 million Americans over the age of 18
have Internet access and are also contributors in time and money to charitable or
advocacy causes.
27
But the same study indicated that only a small portion of these
people use the Internet for philanthropic causes. The features of the Internet that
differentiate it from other media, hyperlinking, interactivity, ease of publishing, offer a
unique presentation of information and discussion of ideas from a variety of voices and


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